Harvard Researchers Succeed in Creating Telepathic Gateway Between Human and Rat Brain

Scientists are coming up with some very crazy experiments lately. Anything involving the human brain is always met with a fair bit of skepticism. However, a new project by Harvard researchers allows humans to control animals with their thoughts. It sounds quite impressive, although animal right activists may have concerns about this project. Regardless, a brain-to-brain interface could have some interesting consequences.

Linking The Human Brain With an Animal Brain

Creating a brain-to-brain interface between humans and animal sound rather cruel, to say the least. Every animal has its own brain and is more than capable of making its own decisions accordingly. Researchers at Harvard University however, feel now is the time to introduce a non-invasive solution to link a human brain with that of an animal. More specifically, a rat, in this particular trial. As the human brain constructs the proper thought, he can effectively control the rat’s tail movement.

From a scientific point of view, this is a major breakthrough very few people thought possible. Creating a telepathic connection between two different brains has never been done successfully prior to this. Brain-to-brain interfaces takes many years of research and development, without any guarantee of success. In the future, such a technology may allow for telepathic links between multiple humans. That being said, such a thought is rather alarming.

Modern sensors are capable of recording thoughts and interpreting than in such a way it can be used to issue “commands.” It is somewhat easier for a computer to figure out what a human is thinking, but things are vastly more complicated when humans need to interpret a computer. Additionally, injecting new thoughts into a human brain is borderline brainwashing, a technique often explored during the World Wars and the Cold War. None of these efforts were successful, though.

Having the power to control a rat’s tail with your mind may not sound all that interesting to a lot of people. However, this demonstrates major progress being made with regards to human-to-animal and brain-to-brain interfaces. Do keep in mind the recipient of the “commands” still needs to be equipped with the proper technology to translate the human brain’s thought into proper information.

Thankfully, this new interface developed by Harvard researchers is non-invasive. Instead, the technology allows researchers to control a specific region of neurons in the rat’s brain through ultrasound signals. While the poor rat may not necessarily appreciate its tail being moved around without being in control of one’s thoughts, it will not cause any harm to the animal either. There will undoubtedly be some backlash from animal activist groups regarding these experiments, though.

For now, the researchers will work on transmitting more complex ideas from humans to rats. Later stages of development may see a connection between two human brains to see how that works. Bidirectional sharing of thoughts and ideas is still a few years, if not decades, away. Furthermore, there are still a lot of ethical dilemmas which need to be taken into account as well. It is an interesting technology, but not one that should be abused for any reason whatsoever.

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  • YadVashem

    Monsters. The ‘researchers’ who did this are monsters. The ‘research’ has zero value and could have been surmised using prior studies and papers. 100% of this experiment takes place in the electro-mechanical realm, and is not remotely telepathy. Non-invasive? Tell that to the rat.


    • “Tell that to the rat.” They did. Telepathically.


    Maybe after it’s improved , it can be used to control government officials and the bureaucracy.

  • Dara Smythe

    This article really caught me by surprise. The reason is that quite a few years ago my little dog and I used to communicate “mind to mind” and I just thought it was neat and fun. Think me lacking few cards in my deck, if you will, but I am certainly no less sane than the Harvard scientists. In fact, I feel my beloved little Schnoodle and I were ahead of them and we did not need any brain implants. Now what we communicated was on quite a basic level, mind you, but communicate we did and beyond that my Chihuahua and I are doing the same thing today. I rather wonder if perhaps for some reason it might be easier to communicate with a dear pet than with another human. I mean, look at all the myriad ways we have of doing so and yet after centuries we still cannot do it.

    • care package

      If you are implying telepathic communication with your dog than ya, I’d say lacking a few cards. Every dog owner experiences the same thing, but it’s called being accustomed with one another as well as intuition.

      • Dara Smythe

        OK, call it what you like; there was/is some kind of silent “mind to mind” communication going on.

  • Nathan Dunning

    Day’s of Noah rings a bell.

  • blaineiac

    The brain of a human and a rat? Why bother… there are already too many humans out there with the brain of a rat.

  • Wait ’til the rat gets pissed and starts controlling the human. Then Harvard will have another Elizabeth Warren.

  • Randolph Carter

    “Pikachu, I choose you!”