[xmca] technology for "seeing thought"-- not a joke

From: Paul Dillon <phd_crit_think who-is-at yahoo.com>
Date: Mon Dec 15 2008 - 12:19:36 PST

In relation to the persistent issue about what's going on in the brain,
the following news announcement should generate at least a spark of
interest or two. In relation to the potential for new dimensions of
social control it might even merit a campfire.

Scientists develop way to display thoughts
A Japanese research team says it has created a technology that could
eventually display on a computer screen what people have on their minds,
such as dreams.

Researchers at the ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories succeeded
in processing and displaying images directly from the human brain, they
said in a study unveiled ahead of publication in the US magazine Neuron.
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.

When people look at an object, the eye's retina recognises an image that
is converted into electrical signals which go into the brain's visual
cortex. The team succeeded in catching the signals and then
reconstructing what people see. In their experiment, the researchers
showed people the six letters in the word 'neuron' and then succeeded in
reconstructing the letters on a computer screen by measuring their brain
activity. The team first figured out people's individual brain patterns
by showing them some 400 different still images.
Sydney Morning Herald / AFP
December 11, 2008

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