Whether you call it telepathy or mind control, a scientist just used another human being like a marionette. Here's how it went down: Two labs were set up at the University of Washington. The first of these housed Rajesh Rao. Wearing a headset that allows him to play a computer game with his mind, Rao leaned back and began gaming.
In a second lab on the other side of campus, Andrea Stocco wore a second headset. His was not a video game controller, however — it was a swim cap outfitted with a transcranial magnetic stimulation coil. When the coil received information it sent impulses directly into Stocco's brain.
As Rao began playing his video game, periodically the need to fire a cannon would arise. To fire this canon, Rao would need to use his right hand to press the spacebar on his keyboard. Instead of doing so, Rao simply thought about moving his right hand. This sent a clear mental signal across campus to Stocco who, as if being controlled by strings, dutifully moved his finger to the spacebar and pressed down.
During the test, Stocco was not viewing a computer screen and was wearing noise-cancelling headphones. His only reason to press down on that spacebar was the signal sent ot him, over the Internet, by Rao. That's some creepy mind control stuff right there. The only saving grace for our already shot nerves is that to have your mind controlled you'll need to be wearing a special cap — for now. To see the experiment in action, check out the video below.