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October 17, 2018

Soon We Can All Play Like The Sedins

Vancouver fans were treated to some of the most uncanny passing plays between twin brothers Henrik and Daniel Sedin throughout their career. They would blindly throw passes into open spaces when no one else would think to do that. No one except the other brother, who somehow would arrive at that spot at just the right time, much to the amazement of pretty much everyone.

Sedinery we called it.

Coach Alain Vigneault said "Sometimes it like they're sharing the same brain."

Of course they are not. But there may come a day when all members of a hockey team can. And the coach, too.

Earlier this month it was announced that neuroscientists have successfully hooked up a three-way brain connection to allow three people share their thoughts. People were teamed up using electroencephalograms and something called  transcranial magnetic stimulation and then tasked to work together to solve a Tetris-like game.

Okay, so Tetris is different than a complex NHL breakout play in the final minute of play. But the point is people much smarter than me are working on some real neat stuff. The researchers call it BrainNet and tout it as way of getting groups of people to communicate in a whole new way. The people could be on opposite ends of the world even. Or opposite sides of the ice.

Or "multi-person non-invasive direct brain-to-brain interface for collaborative problem solving" as they say. I don't pretend to understand what they're doing, but you can read about it more here.

I suspect we're a long way from seeing NHL teams - or anyone else really - trying to exploit this technology. But one day, it just might be a thing. And you read about it here, first.


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