In the Myconnect capsule link between two biological networks via technological interspecies connector named Mycosynapse. The circuit of Myconnect integrates fungal mycelium, human heartbeat input, sensory impulses /light, sound, haptic impulses/ and human nervous system.
Fungal mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus, consisting of a mass of branching, thread-like hyphae. The mass of hyphae is sometimes called shiro, especially within the fairy ring fungi. Fungal colonies composed of mycelium are found in soil and on or within many other substrates. A typical single spore germinates into a homokaryotic mycelium, which cannot reproduce sexually. When two compatible homokaryotic mycelia join and form a dikaryotic mycelium, that mycelium may form fruiting bodies such as mushrooms. A mycelium may be minute, forming a colony that is too small to see, or it may be extensive: “Is this the largest organism in the world? This 2,400-acre (9.7 km2) site in eastern Oregon had a contiguous growth of mycelium before logging roads cut through it. Estimated at 1,665 football fields in size and 2,200 years old, this one fungus has killed the forest above it several times over, and in so doing has built deeper soil layers that allow the growth of ever-larger stands of trees. Mushroom-forming forest fungi are unique in that their mycelial mats can achieve such massive proportions.” /Paul Stamets, Mycelium Running/
Mycelium as such wast organism seemed as a perfect network to get plugged into and experience oscillations of the electrical current that flows through it. During our research we discovered that resistance of the mycelium is a perfect quality that we can use for real-time purposes, since it has continuous oscillations that can be experienced also in spacetime of our species.
The circuit of the Myconnect starts with human heartbeat that is translated into sensory impulses via mycelium. Heartbeat works as an input signal, which becomes transferred visual signal that can generate an ‘out-of-body experience’. Strong identification with external visualization of the pulse rate is possible because brain generates our experience of self by merging information about our body from multiple sources, including the eyes, the skin, the ears, and also one’s internal organs.
Transferred sensory impulses that are in Myconnect symbiotic link translated into sound, light and touch signals work as new kind of reality, new kind of environment that is trying to connect to the nervous system of the human being via sensory system.
Sensory sistem is part of the nervous system responsible for processing sensory information. A sensory system consists of sensory receptors, neural pathways, and parts of the brain involved in sensory perception. Commonly recognized sensory systems are those for vision, auditory, somatic sensation, gustatory, olfaction and vestibular (balance/movement). In short, senses are transducers from the physical world to the realm of the mind where we interpret the information, creating our perception of the world around us.
The receptive field is the specific part of the world to which a receptor organ and receptor cells respond. For instance, the part of the world an eye can see, is its receptive field; the light that each rod or cone can see, is its receptive field. Receptive fields have been identified for the visual system, auditory system and somatosensory system, so far.
In the nervous system of a single species such as humans, hundreds of different types of neurons exist, with a wide variety of morphologies and functions. These include sensory neurons that transmute physical stimuli such as light and sound into neural signals, and motor neurons that transmute neural signals into activation of muscles or glands; however in many species the great majority of neurons receive all of their input from other neurons and send their output to other neurons.
It could be said that in Myconnect’s symbiotic link between human being and mycelium, is isolated in a way as substances are isolated in a laboratories for easier and more precise contemplation and experimentation. Although the symbiotic link can not be said to be purely material the sensory experience of the user can provide some new valuable empirical evidence of symbiotic network that each human being is plugged in.
Biological inspiration for Myconnect’s technological interspecies connector named Mycosynapse was mycorrhiza, a symbiotic association between a fungus and the roots of a vascular plant. In other words a biological interspecies connector, a mutualistic association that provides the fungus with relatively constant and direct access to carbohydrates, such as glucose and sucrose. The carbohydrates are translocated from their source, usually leaves, to root tissue and on to the plant’s fungal partners. In return, the plant gains the benefits of the mycelium’s higher absorptive capacity for water and mineral nutrients due to the comparatively large surface area of mycelium: root ratio, thus improving the plant’s mineral absorption capabilities.