Japanese scientists develop ability to read your mind
|Original Article||1929 Dream Recorder|
|Written by Rene Millman|
|Friday, 12 December 2008|
Sometimes it would be really good to find out what is going on in someone else's head and the Japanese may have taken a real step close to doing just that.
Boffins at Japan's ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories have managed to reconstruct pictures inside a human mind and display them on a computer.
At present, the computer can only manage to reconstruct simple monochrome images. According to Dr. Kang Cheng, a researcher from the RIKEN Brain Science Institute improvements could be made so that the system can replicate colour pictures from inside the heads of people.
"These results are a breakthrough in terms of understanding brain activity," he said. "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."
It is thought that the technology could be used to treat psychotic disorders involving hallucinations. It may also be possible to read feelings and emotional states, which could lead to better detection of terrorist activity.
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