Scientists Remotely Hacked Brain, Control Body Movements

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The science fiction idea of someone controlling another’s brain, and thereby their body, is no longer just a concept. A team led by physics professor Arns Pralle, PhD, of the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences, was able to force their test subjects to run, freeze in place, and completely lose control of their bodily functions by controlling their brains.

Now the question we have to consider is whether this research will be used for good or evil.

The research team developed a technique called “magneto-thermal stimulation.”

BGR reported it’s not exactly a simple process — it requires the implantation of specially built DNA strands and nanoparticles which attach to specific neurons — but once the minimally invasive procedure is over, the brain can be remotely controlled via an alternating magnetic field. When those magnetic inputs are applied, the particles heat up, causing the neurons to fire.

The study, which was published in the most recent edition of the journal eLife, includes experiments performed on mice. Using the new technique, the researchers were able to control the movement of the animals, causing them to freeze, lock up their limbs, turn around, or even run.

Despite only being tested on mice, the research could have far-reaching implications in the realm of brain research.

 

Some believe this could be a step towards being able to eliminate mood disorders and possibly other problems associated with the brain.

Of course there is the possibility that it could also leave those receiving treatment open to giving up their mind and body completely to whoever is on the other end of the controls.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

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