“Ben, the two of us need look no more …”

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Using brain implants, researchers at Duke University have allowed lab rats to communicate with each other, brain to brain, in a crude form of mental telepathy. In fact, researchers say, the two rats quickly began to collaborate, with one rat using its “brain-to-brain interface” to assist the second one in figuring out how to complete a task that would bring both of them a reward.*

In a sense, the two rats became a single biological entity. As researchers concluded, lab results “are a clear indicator that a fundamentally more complex system emerged from the operation of the BTBI; one which required considerable adaptation from the participant animals so that they could jointly perform the sensorimotor tasks.”

At one point, and just to show off, the experiment was conducted with one rat located in Brazil and a second in North Carolina, giving new meaning to Internet connectivity.

I will now give you a paragraph taken from the scientific paper reporting these discoveries, followed by a general translation:

“… we have already proposed that, in theory, channel accuracy can be increased if instead of a dyad a whole grid of multiple reciprocally interconnected brains are employed. Such a computing structure could define the first example of an organic computer capable of solving heuristic problems that would be deemed non-computable by a general Turing-machine.”

Translation: If we electronically connect not just two rat brains, but whole swarms of rat brains, one to the other, theoretically the rat swarm will become much much smarter than any individual rat, perhaps capable of solving problems that even powerful supercomputers can’t solve.

I just thought you would want to know, just in case.

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* (Back in the ’90s, when I wrote a weekly science column called “Next” for the AJC, I covered the early work in this field.)

(h/t MIT Technology Review)

– Jay Bookman

479 comments Add your comment

Mick

February 28th, 2013
9:59 pm

tbs

The point is that not everyone is consumed by the gun culture; I’m pretty sure jesus has enough ammo in his words…

USA Patriot

February 28th, 2013
10:01 pm

Wow, was going to wade into the waters tonight, but there a bunch of mental midgets is here……

Please stand up……oh, you are!

Carry on!

Fred, Glad to see your happy self out of detention!

Frog, congrat’s on the new tadpole, hope mama an ‘em are doing well!

Josef – Spero che tu stai avendo un signore buona sera! Sempre bello vedere i tuoi posti di livello testa! Buona sera!

Brosephus™

February 28th, 2013
10:01 pm

USA Patriot

February 28th, 2013
10:03 pm

Mental midgets “in” here……..

Recon 0311 2533

February 28th, 2013
10:03 pm

I wonder what kind of gun jesus would be strapping if he were around in these times.

Mick, If you know the story of Christ you would know his weapon was God the Father. Jesus didn’t need more of a weapon.

moonbat betty

February 28th, 2013
10:04 pm

lol Patriot,

OREP says, What?

DoggoneGA

February 28th, 2013
10:05 pm

Bro – I about fell out of my chair laughing the first time I read it. Jokes are funny, but they don’t hold a candle to what happens in real life!

TBS

February 28th, 2013
10:06 pm

Mick

I was just being facetious

Josef

February 28th, 2013
10:09 pm

USA
Forgive me if I don’t respond in Italian. I’m on iPad ow and don’t have access to the right keyboard and this sucker autocorrects every other word!

But.. I do have a good time hereabouts…

Brosephus™

February 28th, 2013
10:10 pm

Doggone

I can honestly see the older one saying that. She says stuff at times that makes me forget she’s only 4.

USA Patriot

February 28th, 2013
10:10 pm

Moon – late night, for me, OREP?

barking frog

February 28th, 2013
10:11 pm

USAP
that would be grandtadpole…….and thanks…

TBS

February 28th, 2013
10:11 pm

Everyone have a great night and an even better tomorrow

Peace

Fred ™

February 28th, 2013
10:12 pm

Mick, If you know the story of Christ you would know his weapon was God the Father. Jesus didn’t need more of a weapon.

Funny, MY bible says he cleared out the Temple with a whip………

Josef

February 28th, 2013
10:12 pm

G’night….

Mick

February 28th, 2013
10:12 pm

recon

When I was in the service, I got my ribbon for expert and sharpshooter but I do not own any guns or go target practicing. I have shot skeet once a long time ago but my inexperience yielded a bruised shoulder and that was the end of that. Shot a glock about three years ago and my hand/eye coordination is still excellent, just not interested…

DoggoneGA

February 28th, 2013
10:13 pm

Bro – that makes it even funnier!

Oscar

February 28th, 2013
10:13 pm

Welcome – Socialism means ownership of industry and business by the state. Capitalism means ownership by private individuals.
What China has done is stared ysing the free market to determine what products are produced. They still maintain ownership minly y the state.
We both have mixed economies. Not pure capitalism or socialism. Freearkets are the key.

USA Patriot

February 28th, 2013
10:14 pm

Josef – Sono felice di vedere / leggere stasera! Fate i bravi!

Always good to hear from you!

Recon 0311 2533

February 28th, 2013
10:15 pm

Mick, and that’s okay. I used to hunt but haven’t in many years.

Fred ™

February 28th, 2013
10:17 pm

Is that Italian you be speaking USA Patriot? I know a few words…… spaghetti, al dente, tiramasu, piccata, osso bucco……. well they are all food names, but it LOOKS like Italian…….

Mick

February 28th, 2013
10:18 pm

recon

I was in kansas this past summer and did a little shooting on my buddy’s farm. Didn’t kill anything but he really hates coyotes and was always looking to exterminate one…

USA Patriot

February 28th, 2013
10:18 pm

BFrog – Well Gramps, Congrat’s to you and yours! Again, hope momma an’ em are healthy, happy, and doin’ well! And, if there’s a grandmother involved, CHEERS!

Brosephus™

February 28th, 2013
10:18 pm

Doggone

Exactly!!!

USA Patriot

OREP is short for Old Retired English Professor. He ensures that English is not slaughtered wholesale on the blog.

Fred ™

February 28th, 2013
10:18 pm

Oscar: Put your glasses on before you type anything else brother……..

Fred ™

February 28th, 2013
10:19 pm

Brocephus: It just gets better. My daughter went to rock climbing camp. Either the first or second day she came home holding her forearms and said, “My arm shins hurt.”

Mick

February 28th, 2013
10:20 pm

fred

Glad to see you back in rare form today! This is for you-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VhfY_5YNV4

Oscar

February 28th, 2013
10:20 pm

Hard to type on a laptop and watch tv. Sorry for the typos.

Fred ™

February 28th, 2013
10:23 pm

And NOW i’m going to bed. I have an taped episode of Full Throttle Saloon to watch. LOL “taped” like kids nowadays even know what that means, DVR’ed.

Oh a Bro, for your viewing pleasure and the reason I LOVE full throttle Saloon…….

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oMb_VdABAJI/Tvk6r_V3wdI/AAAAAAAABo4/-I_ejDWWEVg/s1600/flaunt_girls_pic_new.jpeg

(hey, it’s South Dakota, no black chicks live up there, they are smart enough to stay OUT of the cold).

USA Patriot

February 28th, 2013
10:26 pm

Fred, yep, Italian! Sent (paid for) one of our daughters to Italy to study for some time and came back with all these words my mother used on me? Go figure?

Fred ™

February 28th, 2013
10:27 pm

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

February 28th, 2013
10:27 pm

Mick:

“I wonder what kind of gun jesus would be strapping if he were around in these times???”

I really don’t know but He did say this ……… and at a time when it was illegal for Jewish men (under Roman law) to be armed:

Luke Chapter 22:

“He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one ……………… The disciples said, “See, Lord, here are two swords.”

“That’s enough!” he replied.”

moonbat betty

February 28th, 2013
10:27 pm

Patriot, I was just lulling our good friend OREP out who camps out here 24/7 waiting for a Conservative to forget to cross their tees and do their eyes :)

Right Said Fred? or Kam?

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

February 28th, 2013
10:29 pm

…and do their eyes

Is that what the kids are calling it nowadays?

moonbat betty

February 28th, 2013
10:29 pm

“dot” not “do”, OREP.

Recon 0311 2533

February 28th, 2013
10:30 pm

Ummm, Italian food and Italian woman. When Vietnam was breaking out I was in Italy and an Italian family held a going away party for some of us. It must have been about ten picnic tables deep set together with all kinds of wonderful food and wine along with some of the prettiest woman you could find anywhere.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

February 28th, 2013
10:30 pm

Revelation 19:

“11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.”[a] He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS”

Symbollic language to be sure ………….. but that of a coming physical war/judgement against all evil by the Messiah.

Just my opinion …………….. :o )

TAPS !

USA Patriot

February 28th, 2013
10:30 pm

moonbat – okay, got it now! Thx!

moonbat betty

February 28th, 2013
10:30 pm

BAIT

CAST

STRIKE!

Brosephus™

February 28th, 2013
10:31 pm

Fred

Arm shins… I like that one. :lol:

No need to apologize for the photo. Brosephus don’t discriminate. That’s against the law. :)

moonbat betty

February 28th, 2013
10:32 pm

I caught a Mud Kam!

USA Patriot

February 28th, 2013
10:36 pm

Recon – ever been to Siena? For the horse race? For the food? Oh, never mind, you can’t have bad food in Italy!

We are fortunate enough to have a daughter that LIVED the life with a family in Siena, spoke the language, and learned to cook their wonderful dishes!

Hope you had a great experience in Italy!

barking frog

February 28th, 2013
10:37 pm

moonbat betty 10:32
catch and release or are you going to eat it?

Mick

February 28th, 2013
10:37 pm

recon

Sounds like a great memory, israeli women are beautiful too, had a great adventure in jerusalem in the eighties..

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

February 28th, 2013
10:38 pm

Me OREP?

No, but I do know who is.

Here’s to mud in your eye.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=953PkxFNiko

USA Patriot

February 28th, 2013
10:39 pm

moonbat – Land ‘em, skin ‘em, cook ‘em……..do you really want to eat ‘em? ……taste like “chicken” – HA!

td

February 28th, 2013
10:40 pm

Oscar

February 28th, 2013
10:13 pm

“Welcome – Socialism means ownership of industry and business by the state.”

Not exactly right. Socialism is control the government owning OR regulating the means of production, distribution or exchange of products and services.

moonbat betty

February 28th, 2013
10:42 pm

frog,

I only eat salt water fish.

Mud Kams are full of cacca.

Catch and release only.

Let him mierta another day. lol

DoggoneGA

February 28th, 2013
10:43 pm

“Socialism is control the government owning OR regulating the means of production, distribution or exchange of products and services. – See more at: http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/02/28/ben-the-two-of-us-need-look-no-more/?cp=5#comment-1247565

It is YOU who is wrong. Per Merriam-Webster:
Definition of SOCIALISM

1: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
2a : a system of society or group living in which there is no private property
b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
3: a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done

Please note #2: owned AND controlled by the state. No “or” …AND

USA Patriot

February 28th, 2013
10:44 pm

Kam, don’t get your music, but, to each his/her own.

Recon 0311 2533

February 28th, 2013
10:44 pm

Hope you had a great experience in Italy!

I certainly did but unfortunately didn’t learn how to cook their wonderful dishes. There was a young lady from there who kept in touch with me for awhile and maybe I should have married her but the times were not right back then. Fate is what it is.

Recon 0311 2533

February 28th, 2013
10:45 pm

Okay Taps y’all

USA Patriot

February 28th, 2013
10:47 pm

Recon – Ditto!

Thanks moonbat, Fred, josef, et, al for a nice evening!

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

February 28th, 2013
10:48 pm

Kam, don’t get your music…

Wasn’t meant for you, sport.

…but, to each his/her own.

My “own”, sport:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWqYIY3I6NA

td

February 28th, 2013
10:50 pm

DoggoneGA

February 28th, 2013
10:43 pm

I think Oxford is a little better source the Merriam-Webster.

a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.
policy or practice based on the political and economic theory of socialism.
(in Marxist theory) a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of communism.

The term “socialism” has been used to describe positions as far apart as anarchism, Soviet state communism, and social democracy; however, it necessarily implies an opposition to the untrammeled workings of the economic market.The socialist parties that have arisen in most European countries from the late 19th century have generally tended toward social democracy

http://oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/socialism

moonbat betty

February 28th, 2013
10:52 pm

moonbat betty

February 28th, 2013
10:52 pm

Oscar

February 28th, 2013
10:56 pm

td – definitions of words are constantly changing. My point was the reason China stared improving is because they started letting markets determine what was produced instead of ordering production from the top. Managers produce what they can sell.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

February 28th, 2013
10:59 pm

Patagonian toothfish?

bman.

February 28th, 2013
10:59 pm

We’re on the road to armageddon and everyone is holding hands and getting along. When the end is near, we all love each other

Mick

February 28th, 2013
11:03 pm

bman

Nah…every now and then peace breaks out…thats a good thing

td

February 28th, 2013
11:06 pm

Oscar

February 28th, 2013
10:56 pm

td – definitions of words are constantly changing. My point was the reason China stared improving is because they started letting markets determine what was produced instead of ordering production from the top. Managers produce what they can sell.

I agree and for this very reason is why Obamacare will never work.

Old Retired English Professor

February 28th, 2013
11:10 pm

Hey! I can hear you out here.

And I won’t be lured into commenting on Betty’s atrocious pronoun-antecedent disagreement. I understand that she doesn’t know any better.

moonbat betty

February 28th, 2013
11:14 pm

OREP,

You know acronyms?

GFY.

Good For You!

Luv YA!

Oscar

February 28th, 2013
11:17 pm

td – Agree that Obamacare will not work. Been saying that since it was introduced.

moonbat betty

February 28th, 2013
11:21 pm

OREP,

Show us your boobs!

bman.

February 28th, 2013
11:23 pm

“why Obamacare will never work”

It’s going to work for me. The first day this kicks all the way in, I’m going to have every single part of my system checked out. If there’s a test for it, I’m taking it.

moonbat betty

February 28th, 2013
11:25 pm

“why Obamacare will never work”

bman, show us your boobs!

bman.

February 28th, 2013
11:28 pm

“bman, show us your boobs!”

Can’t. I showed Kamchak.

He offered to meet me.

At a Holiday Inn Express.

moonbat betty

February 28th, 2013
11:32 pm

bmam,

don’t be fooled, you know they been at a Holiday Inn Express too long:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IukWaNygxJY

RAMZAD

February 28th, 2013
11:39 pm

…………and then it would not be anything for them to “rat out” all the humans……..

bman.

February 28th, 2013
11:40 pm

Betty .. .. haha good 1

appleseed

March 1st, 2013
12:00 am

SPOKEN: There’s an old Australian stockman lying, dying. He gets himself up
onto one elbow and ‘e turns to his mates, who are all gathered around and ‘e says:

Watch me wallabies feed, mate
Watch me wallabies feed,
They’re a dangerous breed, mate
So watch me wallabies feed
Altogether now!

CHORUS:
Tie me kangaroo down, sport
Tie me kangaroo down
Tie me kangaroo down, sport
Tie me kangaroo down

Keep me cockatoo cool, Curl,
Keep me cockatoo cool
Ah, don’t go acting the fool, Curl
Just keep me cockatoo cool
Altogether now!

(CHORUS)

‘n’ take me koala back, Jack
Take me koala back
He lives somewhere out on the track, Mac
So take me koala back
Altogether now!

(CHORUS)

Let me abos go loose, Lew
Let me abos go loose
They’re of no further use, Lew
So let me abos go loose
Altogether now!

(CHORUS)

And mind me platypus duck, Bill
Mind me platypus duck
Ah, don’t let ‘im go running amok, Bill
Just mind me platypus duck
Altogether now!

(CHORUS)

Play your didgeridoo, Blue
Play your didgeridoo
Ah, like, keep playin’ ’til I shoot thru, Blue
Play your didgeridoo
Altogether now!

(CHORUS)

Tan me hide when I’m dead, Fred
Tan me hide when I’m dead
So we tanned his hide when he died, Clyde
And that’s it hangin’ on the shed!!
Altogether now!

G Mare

March 1st, 2013
12:21 am

Hi, OREP. Good to see you are still around. I have been off for a few months due to surgery & am slowly coming back. My blog name could be OREM, Old Retired English Major.

As for the topic, muy intereresante (sp?). But rats? Eww. Just spent $$$$ to get ‘em out of my attic – YUK!

O'My

March 1st, 2013
12:27 am

It had to be either two male rats or two female rats. One of each would not have gotten them anywhere.

guy

March 1st, 2013
1:37 am

There are some weirdos in this world. Read these blogs and you will see! Now I know why there was a band named ‘Simple Minds.” Please don’t you forget about me! I enjoy the laughter.

Orange13

March 1st, 2013
6:09 am

It’s National Sequester Day. No celebration here.

Joel Edge

March 1st, 2013
6:33 am

“In a sense, the two rats became a single biological entity.”
The Democrat party was already gotten there, a bunch of connected rats….bazinga!!

Union

March 1st, 2013
8:28 am

its the matrix…