[LISTEN] Good News Thursday: The brain as a network device
Wits University has conducted research that incorporates the human brain as part of a computer network.
The School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the institution has connected two computers through the human brain and successfully transmitted words like 'hello' and 'apple', passively, without the user being aware that a message is present.
This is believed to be a world first.
Azania spoke to biomedical engineer and lecturer Adam Pantanowitz to find out what this means for the tech space.
What we have created is a passive human network where a person looks at a flashing light and that flashing light has information encoded on it. So we actually put information into the flashing light and then detect the information in the brain and we have managed to send messages between two disconnected computers using this network or channel.Adam Pantanowitz , Lecturer - Wits School of Electrical & Information Engineering
We actually doing something very similar to Morse code.Adam Pantanowitz , Lecturer - Wits School of Electrical & Information Engineering
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