University of Florida Students Use Brainwaves to Race Flying Drones
Students at the University of Florida put on headsets and participated in the first ever, mind-control drone race. The headband controller distinguishes your brain’s electric activity and brings the drone to life.
This year’s event featured 16 students who mentally flew a drone down a 9 meter long course. “You start thinking and you hear that motor kick up and you know it kind of kicks you into a different mental state,” Daniel Royer, contestant and mechanical engineering student, told Reuters.
The race sparked excitement for contestant and neuroscience student, Sara Sosa-Garcia. “I know there is like other BCI technology out there and I was just so excited to see … I just saw this on Facebook and I was like I need to participate.”
BCI is an acronym for brain–computer interface-a device that allows communication between an enhanced or wired brain and an external receiver.
So what can you control with one of these headbands or implantable brain chips?
The origins of BCI research began in the 1970s at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) under a grant from the National Science Foundation, including a contract from DARPA.
Global leader of the Trans-humanist movement, Zoltan Istvan, knows 2 individuals personally, who are planning to buy black market BCI chips and have them surgically installed.
“I know two people who are doing this, but it’s secretive because even getting a doctor to do this in Central America is difficult.” One of the pair is planning to visit a doctor in Honduras, whilst the other will journey to Eastern Europe,” Istvan told the Standard. “They work in AI and it would be the very first time someone got an implant specifically to use brain waves to connect with rudimentary artificial intelligences,” Ivstan added. “The technology will allow them to carry out basic conversations. That’s how far this telepathy idea has come.”
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