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A year and a half ago, we published a great feature on the current state of the quest to read the human mind. It included some then in-progress work from Jack Gallant, a neuroscientist at U.C. Berkeley, in which Gallant was attempting to reconstruct a video by reading the brain scans of someone who watched that video--essentially pulling experiences directly from someone's brain. Now, Gallant and his team have published a paper on the subject in the journal Current Biology.
Originally posted by Alxandro
It's possible they might be able to retrieve the last images of murdered victims and reconstruct the face of their killer. (Ex: OJ coming at you with a knife)
Why stop at images, might be possible to pull auditory info as well.
Originally posted by AnIntellectualRedneck
This is probably one of the scariest things I've ever seen in my life. Before long, we won't even have a refuge left in your own minds. You wonna talk about thought police? lol.
Originally posted by FlySolo
I find it interesting the images retrieved in the clip above look different than the clip shown to the subject. For example: Look at Steve Martin at 11 seconds in on the left and compare it to the image the subject was seeing on the right. Steve has a coat on with a medal hanging around his neck while the subject sees a short sleeve t-shirt with a shorter medal strap. I read somewhere that we have about 24 different thoughts per second. Perhaps these are overlays of different thoughts combined with the correct visual?