Scientists come close to creating a digital collective intelligence

Scientists come close to creating a digital collective intelligence

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Scientists come close to creating a digital collective intelligence

A group of American neuroscientists was able to create a connection between the brains of three people, allowing them to share their thoughts during the game.

At the heart of the functioning of the prototype network of the collective mind is a combination of electroencephalograms (EEG) for recording electrical impulses indicating brain activity, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), in which neurons are stimulated using magnetic fields. Researchers have named the new system BrainNet, which is actually the first interpersonal, non-invasive, direct interface between human brains for collaborative problem solving..

During the tests, people played together a game similar to «Tetris». Two of them saw the screen and performed «senders», and the third person received signals and made a decision whether to turn the pieces over. 5 different groups took part in the test and in 81.25% of cases their choice coincided. Scientists believe that this is a worthy result for the first sample of technology and are already working on feedback mechanisms..

Although at the moment such a network can transmit only one bit of information at a time, researchers are engaged in increasing the amount of data. In the future, they hope to create an advanced interface that will connect the minds of many people over the Internet and allow them to jointly solve complex problems, exchange ideas and better understand the functionality of our brains..

Automation of most processes, especially in the construction industry, can also improve the efficiency of human activity. MIT builds robots that weave fiberglass like silkworms.

text: Sid Nietzsche, photo: Unsplash