China on September 15 launches space lab Tiangong-2 into space, paving the way for a permanent space station the country plans to build around 2022.
Tiangong-2, China’s first space lab in a real sense, was successfully launched into space on Sept. 15. A brain-computer interaction test system, developed by Tianjin University and installed in the lab, will conduct a series of experiments in space.
Ming Dong, the leader of the research team in charge of the brain-computer test system, said that brain-computer interaction will eventually be the highest form of human-machine communication. China will conduct the first ever space brain-machine interaction experiments, ahead even of developed countries.
The brain-computer interaction test system in Tiangong-2 boasts 64 national patents. The research team has long been devoted to the research of brain-computer interactions, previously developing two idiodynamic artificial neuron robotic systems that can help with the rehabilitation of stroke patients.
The brain-computer interaction technology will also help Tiangong-2 astronauts to more easily accomplish their assigned tasks.
For instance, Ming explained that brain-computer interaction can transfer the astronauts’ thoughts into operations, while at the same time monitoring their neurological function.