"Wiring animal brains together so they could collaborate on simple tasks."

Networking monkey brains

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Tue, Jul 14th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Wired, researchers at Duke University announced that they had wired together animal brains so that they could "collaborate on simple tasks." The experiments are intended to help people with neurological damage.

The rat study was even weirder. For this one, the neuroscientists directly wired four rats’ brains together—using the implants to both collect and transmit information about neural activity—so one rat that responded to touch, for example, could pass on their knowledge of that stimulus to another rat. Then the researchers set the rats to a bunch of different abstract tasks—guessing whether it might rain from temperature and air pressure data, for example, or telling the difference between different kinds of touch-stimuli. The brain collectives always did at least as well on those tests as an individual rat would have, and sometimes even better. And in a successful effort to squidge people out, the researchers called these rat-borg collectives “organic computers” or, even worse, “brainets.”

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