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Mind-reading Technology in the Works

Posted in interesting by R Bucao on February 10, 2010

Well, it’s not really mind-reading per se, but with the correct equipment and sophisticated software, we now have the technology to ‘read’ what a person is thinking straight from a brain scan.

The whole thing works by first establishing a baseline from a person’s brain. While on an fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging), the subject is made to look at lots of pictures. While this is happening, brain activity is recorded to find out what specific areas of the brain fires up whenever a particular picture is presented. These results now allow a certain amount of predictive power: whenever a brain area becomes stimulated, it means that the person is ‘seeing’ that image in his mind’s eye.

Of course, this isn’t enough to know what a person is really thinking – images don’t always have the same meaning for everyone. But it certainly is in the right direction. (Whether it’s in the right direction ethically is another thing altogether)

[The Quest to Read the Human Mind via Popular Science]

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