Most of us would think that telepathy is the stuff of science fiction, and are meant more to be part of comic book folklore such as the most powerful telepath in the world, Professor Xavier of the X-Men fame. Well, truth can be stranger than fiction at times, and it has been reported that experts over at Harvard University are currently showing off technology which could function as a vehicle to send information from one human’s brain to another across long distances.
Giulio Ruffini, a theoretical physicist and co-author of the research, shared, “It is kind of technological realization of the dream of telepathy, but it is definitely not magical. We are using technology to interact electromagnetically with the brain.”
In one such experiment, a person would wear a wireless, internet-linked electroencephalogram (or EEG) and think up of a simple greeting such as “Hello”. The computer will then get to work to translate whatever was thought up of into digital binary code (that comprises of 1s and 0s), before emailing it to a faraway, designated place. This email is then delivered to the receiver, where non-invasive brain stimulation will allow one to experience flashes of light in their peripheral vision. Apparently, it was said that the subjects on the receiving end of such messages did not see nor hear such words, but were somehow able to report the flashes of light in the right manner – that is, interpreting the message correctly.
Of course, this is not true telepathy in the sense of the word as we have become familiar with in the comics, as this method requires sensitive and carefully calibrated equipment beforehand. Image courtesy of Aceshowbiz.