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[Science!] Mind-Reading Device Invented by Scientists to Eavesdrop on 'Inner Voice'


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It might seem the stuff of science fiction, but a mind-reading device is being developed by scientists which can evesdrop on your inner-voice.

Reseachers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a machine and computer programme which converts brain activity into sounds and words.

Speech activates specific neurons as the brain works interpret the sounds as words. Each word activates a slightly different set of neurons.

Now scientists have started to develop an algorithm that can pick up the activity and translate it back into words in the hope it might help people who are unable to speak.

"If you're reading text in a newspaper or book, you hear a voice in your own head," Brian Pasley told New Scientist magazine.

"We're trying to decode the brain activity related to that voice to create a medical prosthesis that can allow someone who is paralysed or locked in to speak."

The team recorded the brain activity of seven people undergoing epilepsy surgery while they looked at a screen displaying the nusery rhyme Humpty Dumpty, the Gettysbury Address or the inaugural speech of President John F Kennedy.

Their brain activity was monitored as they read aloud the text and when they read it silently in their heads.

From the spoken data the team managed to build a personal 'decoder' for each patient which interpreted the information and turned into a visual representation.

They then applied the decoder to brain activity during silent reading and found that they could reconstruct several words that were being thought just through neural imaging alone.

The reseachers also tested the decode and algorithm with Pink Floyd sons to see which neurons respond to different musical notes.

Although, at an early stage, the team is hopeful that eventually it could be used to monitor what people are thinking when they can no longer speak.

In 2011, researchers at UC Berkeley used MRI scanners to monitor the blood flow in people's brains as they watched films including Madagascar 2, Pink Panther 2 and Star Trek unfold on a screen.

After analysing how the brain's visual centre responded to on-screen movements, the scientists created a computer program which could accurately guess what the person was looking at.

By monitoring the brain activity of people while they watched Hollywood movie trailers, researchers were able to recreate a moving picture similar to the real footage being played.

In 2010 the University of Utah provied that they could pick up the words yes, no, hot, cold, hungry, thirsty, hello, goodbye, more and less by placing electrodes directly onto the brain.

This... Will be weaponized. Long-term, keep the tinfoil handy. ;)

edit - link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/11199031/Mind-reading-device-invented-by-scientists-to-eavesdrop-on-inner-voice.html

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I think the worst of this technology would be reading what women think -- consider the Mel Gibson film.

Instead, this technology would be put to better use by bridging the gap between man and dog, creating competition between the woman and dog as to who can fetch a beer from the fridge the fastest.

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If women think they were being sexually harassed by men's words, just wait til they're able to hear men's thoughts. They'll be absolutely disgusted by what we're thinking.

Heh, studies have discovered that when women get together to talk about men, it gets WAY dirtier than when men get together to talk about women.

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Heh, studies have discovered that when women get together to talk about men, it gets WAY dirtier than when men get together to talk about women.

I concur. Women go into all the grizzly details while men go, 'Tap that?' 'Yeah.' 'Cool.' Fist-bump. Done.

Hearing some women talk some crap and it was like an episode of mystery science theatre 3000.

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If women think they were being sexually harassed by men's words, just wait til they're able to hear men's thoughts. They'll be absolutely disgusted by what we're thinking.

I find this thought to be oddly arousing. Men are terrible at explaining their thoughts even when they have the full freedom to just say it.

Also, imagine the leash you can have on your boyfriend when you can hear every thought that crossed their mind when they see another woman.

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I concur. Women go into all the grizzly details while men go, 'Tap that?' 'Yeah.' 'Cool.' Fist-bump. Done.

Hearing some women talk some crap and it was like an episode of mystery science theatre 3000.

Yeah but those are men's speech, actions, and behaviors. What about a man's thoughts?

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I find this thought to be oddly arousing. Men are terrible at explaining their thoughts even when they have the full freedom to just say it.

Also, imagine the leash you can have on your boyfriend when you can hear every thought that crossed their mind when they see another woman.

If my girlfriend could actually hear my thoughts, I wouldn't be worried about a leash...I'd be more worried about coming home and finding my sh*t in the yard.

Good grief, her hearing about other women I'm attracted to, what I REALLY think of her friends, why I really came home late last Friday night, etc... I shudder at the thought of a device like this.

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If my girlfriend could actually hear my thoughts, I wouldn't be worried about a leash...I'd be more worried about coming home and finding my sh*t in the yard.

Good grief, her hearing about other women I'm attracted to, what I REALLY think of her friends, why I really came home late last Friday night, etc... I shudder at the thought of a device like this.

Why DID you come home late last Friday?

Yeah any boyfriend would be in deep shit I think. Women (myself included) are on a whole new level above men when it comes to being territorial. Thought crimes are real

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Why DID you come home late last Friday?

Yeah any boyfriend would be in deep crap I think. Women (myself included) are on a whole new level above men when it comes to being territorial. Thought crimes are real

Since you cant read minds either...Traffic.

Thought crimes, Ha! Divorce attorneys will make a killing.

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I find this thought to be oddly arousing. Men are terrible at explaining their thoughts even when they have the full freedom to just say it.

Also, imagine the leash you can have on your boyfriend when you can hear every thought that crossed their mind when they see another woman.

A truly empowered woman wouldn't care.

Besides if she could read his thoughts she'd know how he truly feels about HER regardless of what other eye candy walked by. Which would is far more important, hence ^^^

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I think the worst of this technology would be reading what women think -- consider the Mel Gibson film.

Instead, this technology would be put to better use by bridging the gap between man and dog, creating competition between the woman and dog as to who can fetch a beer from the fridge the fastest.

For men you wouldn't find out that quickly what/if they are thinking...

@1:37ish (Mild Language)

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