More Science Fiction/Science Fact

A computer that can read a person's mind and display their thoughts on screen. We've seen something similar in the movie 'Minority Report' and an episode of 'Star Trek: Voyager' for that matter. Now research at the University of California Berkley is having some sucess with the process. Subjects were shown a picture while an MRI recorded their brain activity. The results were fed to the computer to act as a baseline, much like the test questions asked at the beginning of a lie detector test. Next the subject was shown a different picture. The resulting brain scan was also imputed and the computer attempted to recreate the second picture by comparing similar activity in the visual cortex of the brain. While the computer generated picture lacked fine detail, it was still very accurate on a larger scale. Such as depicting a man in a white shirt, but without facial detail, when the subject viewed a picture of Steve Martin in a white shirt. Dr. Jack Gallant, a lead researcher, commented about the possibility of using the technology in art and as a tool to improve eyewitness descriptions of both crimes and criminals. The doctor also expressed concern about misuse, such as reading people without their knowledge or consent. Well, every coin has a flip side.
     Posted By: Alex - Sun Nov 01, 2009

i can see both the good this could do as well as the abuses that could be perpetrated. another technological advance that ethics will have to run to catch up with. fascinating though.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 11/01/09 at 02:29 PM
that would be the point now wouldn't it sweetheart? 😊
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 11/01/09 at 03:46 PM
Sorry, but Micro$oft would never, ever allow such pictures to be processed!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/01/09 at 11:34 PM
good old bill will do just about anything for the right amount of money expat. 😊
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 11/02/09 at 12:02 AM
You malign my idol, Patty! :roll:
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/02/09 at 04:46 AM
I like the picture of Storm talking about telepathic abilities...
Posted by jswolf19 in Japan on 11/02/09 at 06:39 AM
Think of the practical uses. Just slap one of these on your spouse when he or she comes home late... "where were you?"
Posted by Nethie on 11/04/09 at 05:26 AM
well that would raise the divorce rate to 99%! :lol:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 11/04/09 at 07:27 AM
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