The idea of controlling objects -- even other humans -- with only your brain is a Holy Grail of tech innovation. And what researchers did at the University of Washington this month sounds pretty amazing. Using non-invasive technology to record and stimulate brain function, a researcher at one end of campus controlled the physical actions of someone at the other end of campus. Researcher Rajesh Rao was the mind controller in this experiment, and tells Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson how he did it and what his findings means for the future.
Below, watch a video of the experiment.Video of Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans: A Pilot Study
This final note today, in which, if I have anything to say about it, you will hear the word "twerking" for the first and last time.
That's what Miley Cyrus was doing the other night at the Video Music Awards. Go check it out on YouTube if you need reminding. Just remember, you can't unsee things like that.
Cyrus pointedly used a big foam finger in her...dance, I guess you could call it. The foam fingers you see at sports events. Anyway, the guy who invented the foam finger told Fox Sports today: "I would say that she certainly misrepresented its intent to encourage team support."
Yes she did.
The former defense secretary, who led the Pentagon when the U.S. went to war with Iraq, is critical of how the current administration is handling the run-up to what are expected to be military strikes on targets in Syria.
For law enforcement, therapists, and first responders, one big challenge is simply getting in touch with a person who might be in a dangerous place, emotionally or otherwise. These days warning signs are popping up more and more on social media. That's why Toronto nurse Ann Marie Batten is working with Canadian police and case workers to stage so-called "Twitterventions." When a red flag goes up online, people who watch for them are getting in touch with Batten, who then Tweets at the person in need.
Twitter has hired the former CEO of Ticketmaster. What can the head of a ticketing behemoth offer a social media company that's yet to go public? In a word -- commerce. Ticketmaster's Nathan Hubbard helped his old employer dominate online. So his new job could be to help Twitter turn a big user base into some dollar bills. Marketplace Tech reporter Queena Kim has the latest on the story.
With his knack for making crude and intemperate remarks, Gov. Paul LePage has become a lightning rod for controversy. Yet no one is willing to count him out in his re-election campaign.
California used to attract millions of newcomers, but now more people are moving away. They're taking a more progressive strain of politics with them to places like Colorado and Nevada.