"It was both exciting and eerie to watch an imagined action from my brain get translated into actual action by another brain," Rao said in a university news release. "This was basically a one-way flow of information from my brain to his. The next step is having a more equitable two-way conversation directly between the two brains."
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Before you clutch your skull and run for the hills, Rao said the technology only reads certain kinds of simple brain signals, not a person's thoughts. Also, the interface doesn't give anyone the capability to control actions against a bother's will. Still, Stocco jokingly referred to the breakthrough as a "Vulcan mind meld."
In the future, researchers say the technology could allow a person with disabilities to communicate his or her thoughts or help a flight attendant or passenger land an airplane should the pilot become incapacitated. Next, Rao and Stocco plan to conduct an experiment that will transmit more complex information from brain to brain, which will require a larger pool of participants. In the meantime, check out the jaw-dropping video of Rao and Stucco's mind meld.