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To detect patterns of brain activity, a subject must agree to lie still in a neuroimaging device such as a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) tube, but in an age when many jurisdictions compel not only convicts but also suspects to provide a DNA sample, that isn't difficult to imagine. Now, neither is the prospect of reading thoughts by decoding brain-activity patterns. Just a year ago, neuroscientists couldn't do much better than distinguish thoughts of faces from thoughts of places (the brain has distinct regions that process images of each). "All we could do was tell which brain region was active," says neuroscientist John-Dylan Haynes of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany. "There were real limits on our ability to read the content of that activity." No longer. "The new realization is that every thought is associated with a pattern of brain activity," says Haynes, "and you can train a computer to recognize the pattern associated with a particular thought."
Originally posted by Foxe
Imagine for people like me, artists... in the future we won't have to design logos on paper, or photoshop... just think it, and the computer draws it... sure its a long ways away...
Now think what this could be used for as well: Making 'copies' of you're brain, into digital realm.
Originally posted by Karlhungis
"...and you can train a computer to recognize the pattern associated with a particular thought."