Japanese Researchers Close to Recording Your Dreams

December 11 2008 / by John Heylin
Category: Gadgets   Year: Beyond   Rating: 11 Hot

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Researchers at the ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories have succeeded in partially translating brain activity in humans into images.  "While the team for now has managed to reproduce only simple images from the brain, they said the technology could eventually be used to figure out dreams and other secrets inside people's minds."  They honed the computer to each tested individual by showing them over 400 different images and recording how their brain reacted.  While successful tests have been run so far, the images used in the tests have been fairly simple ones such as the word "neuron."

Anyone who saw the movie Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within has to remember how the main character was able to record her dreams for later viewing.  And, true to fashion, the images were somewhat cluttered and fuzzy, an excellent representation of where the technology might be in 20 years (due to the erratic nature of dreams and the speed at which they occur, we may never be able to record a dream like we see it sleeping).  And while it may lead to reading minds entirely, the "secrets" the team refers to, this technology is universally wanted by gadget-hounds everywhere.  Controlling things with the mind will always be the end goal for all of these BCIs.

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  1. Hopefully this research will advance BCI’s. The mind is becoming open-source. On another note, it would be interesting to record your dreams and bring it somewhere for analysis (if you really wanted to do that sort of thing).

    Posted by: Covus   December 14, 2008
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  2. Although understandably a brand new, if long anticipated, tech development, like any other work the first part is the worst part, so to speak, and now that they have something to work, a primitive form set in place, the development of accurate thought imagery will likely pick up more and more momentum from this point.

    Posted by: Adam Cutsinger   December 14, 2008
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