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The Dream Machine/Scientists can now read your mind

  1. Dec 13, 2008 #1

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081211/sc_afp/sciencejapanbrainoffbeat_081211052641

     
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  3. Dec 13, 2008 #2

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    Re: The Dream Machine

    Imagine this: police show a suspect a portion of a picture of a crime scene. If the suspect's brain "fills in" the rest of the picture correctly...bingo! They've got their guy!

    Cool...but a bit scary too :eek: .
     
  4. Dec 13, 2008 #3

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    Shelving privacy related issues for now, this is quite fantastic.

    Now to read the actual article...
     
  5. Dec 13, 2008 #4

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    I'm just amazed that they can reconstruct simple letters from visual cortex activity. It is hard to imagine it working with more sophisticated visual imagery.
     
  6. Dec 13, 2008 #5
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    I've always wanted to be able to record and re-watch my dreams...
     
  7. Dec 13, 2008 #6

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    So, as long as the crime involves simple letters, my interrogation scenario will work.
     
  8. Dec 13, 2008 #7

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    :rofl::rofl::rofl:

    Makes me think of a Sesame Street episode.
    "Oh, no! Someone has stolen the letter F! Who has stolen the letter F?"
     
  9. Dec 13, 2008 #8
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    I would go straight to a psychiatric hospital if they took a look at my mind. =/
     
  10. Dec 13, 2008 #9
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    just a warning, anybody that tries to read my thoughts is going to get goatse'd.
     
  11. Dec 13, 2008 #10
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    Trust me, you DON'T want to see my dreams. Even I don't.
     
  12. Dec 14, 2008 #11
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    ahahha, yet still the whole thing is eerily fascinating.
     
  13. Dec 14, 2008 #12
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    Not sure if anyone has posted this yet....


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    Researchers from Japan’s ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories have developed new brain analysis technology that can reconstruct the images inside a person’s mind and display them on a computer monitor, it was announced on December 11. According to the researchers, further development of the technology may soon make it possible to view other people’s dreams while they sleep.

    The scientists were able to reconstruct various images viewed by a person by analyzing changes in their cerebral blood flow. Using a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine, the researchers first mapped the blood flow changes that occurred in the cerebral visual cortex as subjects viewed various images held in front of their eyes. Subjects were shown 400 random 10 x 10 pixel black-and-white images for a period of 12 seconds each. While the fMRI machine monitored the changes in brain activity, a computer crunched the data and learned to associate the various changes in brain activity with the different image designs.

    Then, when the test subjects were shown a completely new set of images, such as the letters N-E-U-R-O-N, the system was able to reconstruct and display what the test subjects were viewing based solely on their brain activity.

    For now, the system is only able to reproduce simple black-and-white images. But Dr. Kang Cheng, a researcher from the RIKEN Brain Science Institute, suggests that improving the measurement accuracy will make it possible to reproduce images in color.

    “These results are a breakthrough in terms of understanding brain activity,” says Dr. Cheng. “In as little as 10 years, advances in this field of research may make it possible to read a person’s thoughts with some degree of accuracy.”

    The researchers suggest a future version of this technology could be applied in the fields of art and design — particularly if it becomes possible to quickly and accurately access images existing inside an artist’s head. The technology might also lead to new treatments for conditions such as psychiatric disorders involving hallucinations, by providing doctors a direct window into the mind of the patient.

    ATR chief researcher Yukiyasu Kamitani says, “This technology can also be applied to senses other than vision. In the future, it may also become possible to read feelings and complicated emotional states.”

    The research results appear in the December 11 issue of US science journal Neuron.





    Looks like this is the real article--http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6WSS-4V4113M-P&_user=10&_coverDate=12%2F10%2F2008&_rdoc=20&_fmt=high&_orig=browse&_srch=doc-info(%23toc%237054%232008%23999399994%23757128%23FLA%23display%23Volume)&_cdi=7054&_sort=d&_docanchor=&_ct=21&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=c3fa3d5d679adb37b5983dd51af3aafb
     
  14. Dec 14, 2008 #13

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    Re: Scientists can now read your mind

    They can, but government will.
     
  15. Dec 14, 2008 #14

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    This will surely only lead to Faraday cage headwear accessories and lapel clip-on thought detection scramblers.

    It will give new meaning to putting your thinking cap on.
     
  16. Dec 14, 2008 #15
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    Hah! Suddenly tin-foil hats aren't such a bad idea, are they, HMM????
     
  17. Dec 14, 2008 #16
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    LMAO. are you wearing one?
     
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    note: I merged 2 threads on this topic.
     
  20. Dec 15, 2008 #19
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    Sounds like a Tom Cruise movie...
     
  21. Dec 15, 2008 #20

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    Who the uck has stolen the letter ? (version or grown up)
     
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