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How Brain-To-Brain Instant Messaging Could One Day Replace Phones

Brain to Brain Instant Messaging

Decades from now, maybe we’ll forget about smartphones and start communicating via electronic telepathy. In a new experiment, scientists were able to show that one person could communicate to another–thousands of miles away–without typing or talking. The technology is rudimentary at the moment and a little more complicated than someone simply reading another’s thoughts. In the experiment, one person donned a wireless EEG helmet and thought of a word. A computer translated the word into code, and emailed it to a robot next to the other person; that person saw flashes of light corresponding to the word, which they reported back to the researcher. Obviously, the whole process isn’t exactly a practical replacement for texting yet. But the researchers say they believe people will eventually be able to communicate fluently through an evolved version of the technology.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of Fox Television’s "Shelly Palmer Digital Living" television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.