It is mind control but not as we know it

The Headlines

The Independent: First ever human brain-to-brain interface successfully tested

BBC News: Are we close to making human ‘mind control’ a reality?

Visual News: Mind Control is Now a Reality: UW Researcher Controls Friend Via an Internet Connection

The story

Using the internet, one researcher remotely controls the finger of another, using it to play a simple video game.

What they actually did

University of Washington researcher Rajesh Rao watches a very simple video game, which involved firing a cannon at incoming rockets (and avoiding firing at incoming supply planes). Electrical signals from his scalp were recorded using a technology called EEG and processed by a computer. The resulting signal was sent over the internet, and across campus, to a lab where another researcher, Andrea Stocco, watches the same video game with his finger over the “fire” button.

Unlike Rao, Stocco wears a magnetic coil over his head. This is designed to invoke electrical activity, not record it. When Rao imagines pressing the fire button, the coil activates the area of Stocco’s brain that makes his finger twitch, thus firing the cannon and completing a startling demonstration of “brain to brain” mind control over the internet.

You can read more details in the University of Washington press release or on the “brain2brain” website where this work is published.

How plausible is this?

EEG recording is a very well established technology, and takes advantage of the fact that the cells of our brain operate by passing around electrochemical signals which can be read from the surface of the scalp with simple electrodes. Unfortunately, the intricate details of brain activity tend to get muffled by the scalp, and the fact that you are recording at one specific point in space, so the technology’s strength is more in telling us that brain activity has changed, rather than in saying how or exactly where brain activity has changed.

The magnetic coil which made the receiver’s finger twitch is also well established, and known in the business as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). An alternating magnetic field is used to alter brain activity underneath the coil. I’ve written about it here before.

The effect is relatively crude. You can’t make someone play the violin, for example, but activating the motor cortex in the right region can generate a finger twitch. So, in summary, the story is very plausible. The researchers are well respected in this area and open about the limitations of their research. Although the experiment wasn’t published in a peer-reviewed journal, we have every reason to believe what we’re being told here.

Tom’s take

This is a wonderful piece of “proof of concept” research, which is completely plausible given existing technology, but yet hints at the possibilities which might soon become available.

The real magic is in the signal processing done. The dizzying complexities of brain activity are compressed into an EEG signal which is still highly complex, and pretty opaque as to what it means – hardly mind reading.

The research team then managed to find a reliable change in the EEG signal which reflected when Rao was thinking about pressing the fire button. The signal – just a simple “go”, as far as I can tell – was then sent over the internet. This “go” signal then triggered the TMS, which is either on or off.

In information terms, this is close to as simple as it gets. Even producing a signal which said what to fire at, as well as when to fire, would be a step change in complexity and wasn’t attempted by the group. TMS is a pretty crude device. Even if the signal the device received was more complex, it wouldn’t be able to make you perform complex, fluid movements, such as those required to track a moving object, tie your shoelaces or pluck a guitar. But this is a real example of brain to brain communication.

As the field develops the thing to watch is not whether this kind of communication can be done (we would have predicted it could be), but exactly how much information is contained in the communication.

A similar moral holds for reports that researchers can read thoughts from brain scans. This is true, but misleading. Many people imagine that such thought-reading gives researchers a read out in full technicolour mentalese, something like “I would like peas for dinner”. The reality is that such experiments allow the researchers to take a guess at what you are thinking based on them having already specified a very limited set of things which you can think about (for example peas or chips, and no other options).

Real progress on this front will come as we identify with more and more precision the brain areas that underlie complex behaviours. Armed with this knowledge, brain interface researchers will be able to use simple signals to generate complex responses by targeting specific circuits.

Read more

The original research report: Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans: A Pilot Study

Previously at The Conversation, another column on TMS: Does brain stimulation make you better at maths?

Thinking about brain interfaces is helped by a bit of information theory. To read a bit more about that field I recommend James Gleik’s book The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

The Conversation

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4 Comments

  1. Posted September 25, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Remote two way hacking of the brain
    has been possible since b4 the 1990’s.
    I know its been possible since 2002.
    This includes the routine reading of
    thoughts picked up: via the area of the vocal
    cords and brainstem, aided by “psychic driving”
    which stimulates the verbal centers of
    the brain creating the auditory hallucination of hearing your thoughts out loud plus additional tech available for years. In view of the above implications proof is kinda difficult to come by especially when you consider all the “paranoid style” sites and videos across the internet that are NOT made by psychotics but mainly by PR pro’s to discredit the above with the usual T-Party NWO, Illuminati BS which is added to make real tech look like the product of mental impairment and delusion.

    • Posted February 3, 2014 at 12:12 am | Permalink

      After viewing the additional comments I
      can see that it was a mistake to make the
      comment I made above.

      Every attempt to explain real programs must necessarily sound like cringeworthy deluded nonsense. Anyone who saw the excellent
      British movie “Closed Circuit” also saw
      how certain characters in the movie are
      being “managed”. The movie is fiction but
      that part is not. Every attempt to explain
      to someone else what you plainly see around
      you comes out sounding like tinfoil hat paranoia.

      Methods of surveillance used all over the
      world are designed exactly that way.

      Google “Hemingway NY Times FBI FOIA” to see
      an example of what can happen when someone’s
      life is very likely “nudged”, pushed and
      manipulated. EH probably noticed that
      there were too many coincidences negatively
      affecting his life resulting in loss of
      sleep, more drinking, drugging, loss of friends, isolation etc. All by formula
      and design.

      J. Edgar Hoover, who
      himself was more than a bit over the edge,
      was after E. Hemingway for 20 years until
      his death. And no, as you can see, I’m not
      any kind of writer, have never had the need
      to call attention to myself, and do not
      have “center of the world” delusions or an outsized sense of ego like EH or J. Edgar did.

      I am saying, but probably shouldn’t, that average ppl, not celebrities, not whistleblowers or activists are the typical targets today of complete sleep deprivation
      for months most likely outsourced to
      private corporate security. Remotely
      recorded results are, post 911,
      sold to government agencies for large sums. Sleep disruption and psychic driving
      (Repeated simpleminded machine talk) by way
      of remote tech are used afterwards for years.

      MKUltra programs are being done today
      which is why there are so many pretend
      nuts (and some real ones)
      who write comments, make websites
      that go in and out of coherence and go on
      and on about NWO conspiracies etc…
      the usual nonsense. What better way is
      there to convince the average person
      that these old CIA programs are now
      nothing more than a refuge for average
      mentally deranged psychotics.

      Much of the
      material on mind control on the internet
      is written deliberately to convince ppl
      of exactly that on thousands of sites and
      You Tube channels. This comment will be seen
      as adding to the mountain of nonsense
      designed to distract from the reality
      that puts NSA non-revelations to shame.

      BTW, the technology in the article labeled
      MC for headlines is laughable.

  2. travis
    Posted September 29, 2013 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    I think you’re being a little too kind here. As you said, the effect here is crude. They just send a signal to the TMS that causes a muscle to twitch. Nothing to it. There is no evidence here that anything new is accomplished. While it is potentially interesting if the researchers have in fact decoded information related to an intention to push the “fire” button, they do little to prove that this is the case. How do you know that the person isn’t really just relaxing and the algorithm is merely detecting alpha rhythms. As far as I can tell, this is nothing but a cheap publicity stunt and does not deserve anyone’s attention. Please prove me wrong here.

  3. Adel Khedira
    Posted January 31, 2014 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    My case:

    “I am Adel Khedira, telecommunications engineer, born XX February 19XX in Hammamet Tunisia, the subject of very serious criminal acts committed against me in France, from 1989 to 2003, and thereafter in Tunisia, from 2003 to present, by Jewish extremists working on a global scale. It started in France via the French Secret Service against espionage (Direction de la Surveillance du Territoire) that the Jews infiltrates, it was continued then in France via a secret reason of state with infinite power, and since about 1999 we started to use against me a secret sophisticated mind control system, developed and designed without a doubt by the United States of America. I’m at least the target of extremist Jews from the United States of America and France. My case includes a number of components: ethnic, industrial, political, torture, discrimination, …With this system of mind control these extremist Jews secretly control France, and other countries of the world, and they control politicians (President of the Republic …), judges, lawyers, police, doctors, criminal organizations…They are able to alter almost anything in a country in which they control anybody they want with the mind control system. These criminals, representing the most powerful criminal organization since the creation of mankind, will stop at nothing, they even resort to terrorism, and intrigue as to successfully shape, depending on their interests, public opinion. They established a secret world dictatorship, democracies, which led to these criminals, have become blankets and staged for their ultra mafia system. They savagely hinder my judicial and my paperwork against them while perpetuating my massacre preventing me to live normally for many years (no work opportunities, social life, marriage, freedom…), I live in a prison without a door and without walls. They barbarously tortured me very long through the mind control system by applying facts maligned through so many websites on the electronic torture and instigating many sexual abuse, surely few people who have been so much and so severely tortured as me, I was even transferred from France to Tunisia to facilitate these barbarities. I learned a lot about these criminals, they alter a part of world politics, they control major world power, and they also operate in the Arab-Muslim world to serve the interests of Israel. My strength and my abilities, which allowed me to reveal this, motivate these criminals to perpetuate cowardly my massacre. They also attacked members of my family; they murdered my father in July 2004. As a cover, with much villainy, they try to cut myself off from the world in an invisible manner (isolation, strict control of my relations and all …) while trying through so many heinous acts to make me look mentally ill, believing that to be influenced by a system of mind control, thinking to deal with Jewish extremists, etc. These criminals are horrible people no compromising situation can reverse, they believe they are smarter than others that they still believe successfully fooled into stopping at nothing, even to present themselves as victims. A number of times I was able to put them in default and to have concrete evidence against them. As an indication, for many years they even prevent me from being able to explain to my family the mind control system and its implementation against them and me. My goals are : to put those awful extremists out of harm’s way by raising awareness to as many people, to participate in implementing a technical tool to protect from this mind control system, to bring these criminals to face a international court to reveal all of their incredible crimes and to condemn them.”

    ——————————————————————————-

    Why was I targeted?

    First, I’m not sure of the exact date when it started, but I know that I am targeted since at least 1999. I became aware of this targeting by 2004, the year the cruelties and tortures via the “Mind Control” have been widely emphasized.

    In reality, some known French Jewish people started to try to harm me in a hidden manner since about 1989, they have resorted to secret service counter espionage in France (DST: Direction de la Surveillance du Territoire, local FBI) in which they had an anti-democratic power, then, when things started to go bad for them they begin to use secrecy in addition the “State Reason” (its power is infinite in France and it leaves almost no room for justice, it’s anti-democratic). Ultimately, they have resorted to secret system “Mind Control”, and this sophisticated system has been used in a more obvious when I appealed to the French court, they had already in their hands the “State Reason” (based on a false record) but they closely surround me and they would let anyone understand my affairs or even help me, even for judicial affairs. They isolate me for very many years.
    Among the Jews, are nominally identified in France agents of the DST, commissar police, industrialists, leaders of the French Jewish community, …

    The President of the French Republic (former), Mr Jacques Chirac, was directly abused compared to its status via the “Mind Control”, and this was also the case for the President of the Republic of Tunisia (former), Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Jews using “Mind Control” system in France and Tunisia have more power via the “Mind Control” than presidents of the republic, and I suspect seriously that is also the case in the United States of America, otherwise it will not consistent; this international power is exercised in a very hidden and usually covers only cases involving the interests of the Jews.

    In my case, beyond the frightening torture I endured over many years, beyond also endured torture at some level in all unconsciousness by some members of my family (plus they murdered my father), I announced and I targeted by lawsuits Jewish people seriously involved with corruption cases, industrial espionage carried out at my expense … Under ordinary conditions, given the evidences that I brought to the courts, many Jews among these individuals should have been heavily punished.

    All this will be lies if I did not say that these perpetrators are trying to make me considered as a mental patient while controlling me very closely with the “Mind Control” system. Despite all the evidence I bring against them, they will continue to act in this way, but as we live under the dictatorship of the “Mind Control” system then nothing can stop them, not even the ridiculous.

    ——————————————————————————-

    CLARIFICATIONS ABOUT SOME MISUNDERSTANDINGS CONCERNING “MIND CONTROL”

    With this text I’ll try to answer to some questions concerning “Mind Control”, my aim is to help some people to understand correctly some major points concerning “Mind Control”. My opinions are based on my long history as a victim and on trivial logic. The abbreviation WMC refers to the “Mind Control” system which is used around the World.

    Q1) WHO CREATED THE WMC?
    There is no doubt : The USA, because it is the most powerful country in the world which was involved in these systems for so long decades. Also, but not the most important, the historical and the large number of victims are in USA. There is no other correct answer to this question.

    Q2) THE WMC IS ONLY USED AROUND THE WORLD TO TORTURE PEOPLE?
    Do you think that a so sophisticated spying system was created only to give satisfaction to some sadists? No. The WMC is elaborated to be used for some other more important goals : politics, wars, terrorism or security concerns, … It’s used to torture some victims around the world but it’s not only the unique goal.

    Q3) HOW MUCH MC SYSTEMS ARE IN USE IN THE WORLD?
    A unique WMC dominates in the world. Imagine the existence of more than a unique WMC, then it will a war between the existing MCs, and some victims can then be protected by another MC. Neither wars between MCs or rescued victims exist! Moreover, on 5 continents the facts of the torture committed by the WMC are very similar or even identical, this is the proof of the existence of a unique WMC. But, it is not impossible that some other minor MC are under development in some countries or organizations.

    Q4) SOME COUNTRIES HELP AND COLLABORATE WITH PEOPLE USING WMC?
    In most cases the answer is No. Some victims believe that it’s true because when they try to get help from these countries then they didn’t get it, because the administration and services of these countries (police, justice, …) are controlled by the WMC, so things can not be ok for the victims. Moreover, it is logic to understand that in the world only few people shall officially know about the existence of the WMC, those who use the WMC won’t involve or tell it to so many people around the world, otherwise the secret won’t no more be one. I encourage all the victims around the world to do all the necessary in all the countries to try to defend their rights, even it’s not easy, this continuing effort will one day make the WMC fall, because these repetitive actions will conduct the people using the WMC to produce errors and errors when trying to close the doors for victims.

    Q5) CONDEMN THE USE OF WMC IN COURT?
    Every victim shall try to do it. But, we shall understand the fact that if a unique major justice court condemn the use of the WMC then it will be the beginning of the end for the WMC! So, those who created and use the WMC will not permit it, they are already able to control the minds of lawyers, doctors, and judges. But, sure, one day it will be possible to condemn the use of WMC in court.

    Q6) IS THE WMC EXCLUSIVELY USED BY AN OFFICIAL COUNTRY ADMINISTRATIONS OR SERVICES?
    It’s evident that the answer is No. Because, even if a human being is sometimes so bad, we can’t admit that a country is so sadistic to have a long program of torture of hundreds or thousands of its own people (or even around the world), the risk is total and makers behind these crimes will be sooner or later condemned. So if it’s not an official country administration that controls all things about WMC then what it may be? It can’t be other thing than a strong and dominating organization which has more power and influence than the most powerful country in the world which created the WMC. How many organizations with these capabilities exist in the world? Besides my proper case and experience, only a kind of a Jew lobby in the USA (or with world dimension) may fit. At the time of the obvious domination of the WMC, the scandalous destruction of so many Muslims countries (with killing of millions of Muslims), remember the case of Irak, with using of infrastructures of some major occidental countries, serve first the interests of the people who closely support Israel, I mean Jews. This truth reveal clearly the makers of the WMC. Moreover do you know any other group with a world wide domination which may target people around the world on almost 5 continents? This is a signature.

    22/07/2013
    (This text is a draft, newer possible versions may be produced in the future)


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