Breaking the Wall Between Mind and Machine: How Neurotechnology Can Expand Human Capacity for Action (Enhanced DVD)
A group of German scientific researchers got together to work on an outrageous proposition. Their goal was to prove it was possible to make a brain-machine link. What they learned is demonstrated in this video. The first links that occurred surprised the researchers. Then, they concentrated on improving the performance. This performance improvement comes from both the person being trained to concentrate the electrical patterns of the brain's output in such a way that the machines can read it and the ability of the software running the machines to recognize the brain patterns.
Even the scientific researchers were astonished by what they discovered. There is a physiology of the brain, which responds to both actual movement of the body and imagined movements. For example, if a test subject imagines moving their right hand up, their brain has the same reaction on an electrochemical basis as if the right hand actually did move up. The brain does not notice the difference between imagined physical response and actual physical effort.
This discovery was a major break-through, because it taught the brain science researchers how to make the connection between thought and operating a mechanical device. The test subjects did not have to move anything at all. They simply had to visualize, with as much clarity as possible, that they moved the object of study.
It is tremendous to see this work in actual experimental situations. The implications for future mind control over machines are astonishing. The uses include the simplest recognition by an automobile of the driver's drowsiness, to the more complex operation of a rocket traveling through space.