June 28, 2012
NEUROSCIENCE: Mind Reading from Brain Recordings? ‘Neural Fingerprints’ of Memory Associations Decoded. “Researchers have long been interested in discovering the ways that human brains represent thoughts through a complex interplay of electrical signals. Recent improvements in brain recording and statistical methods have given researchers unprecedented insight into the physical processes under-lying thoughts. For example, researchers have begun to show that it is possible to use brain recordings to reconstruct aspects of an image or movie clip someone is viewing, a sound someone is hearing or even the text someone is reading. A new study by University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University scientists brings this work one step closer to actual mind reading by using brain recordings to infer the way people organize associations between words in their memories.”
For better or worse (probably both) we’re coming to the end of the time when the only way to get information out of someone’s brain was to have them tell you things.