New Highly Accurate Mind-Reading Machine Translates Thoughts, Displays Them as Text
This technology is fantastic and terrible at the same time but I suppose it is like that with anything in life, it’s all in how it is used. It’s fantastic because it can be beneficial in many ways such as, helping stroke victims or other language impaired persons communicate fairly easily. On the other hand privacy issues, which are already very questionable with today’s computer and internet technologies, will only likely get worse with this type of innovation. Regardless, these are amazing steps in technology and science.
via Daily Mail:
Scientists have developed an astonishing mind-reading machine which can translate what you are thinking and instantly display it as text.
They claim that it has an accuracy rate of 90 per cent or more and say that it works by interpreting consonants and vowels in our brains.
The researchers believe that the machine could one day help patients who suffer from conditions that don’t allow them to speak or move.
The machine registers and analyses the combination of vowels and consonants that we use when constructing a sentence in our brains.
It interprets these sentences based on neural signals and can translate them into text in real time.
In fact, scientists claim that the machine can use words that it hasn’t even heard before.
Study leader David Moses told the Sun: ‘No published work has demonstrated real-time classiﬁcation of sentences from neural signals.
‘Given the performance exhibited by [the machine] in this work and its capacity for expansion, we are conﬁdent in its ability to serve as a platform for the proposed speech prosthetic device.’
There are fears from critics, however, that the device will cause problems if secret thoughts are exposed accidentally.
The device was developed at the University of California and explained in the Journal of Neural Engineering.