How often have you wished that you knew what is going on in the other person’s mind? Or what they are thinking about? A new technology developed by neuroscientists at the University of Toronto Scarborough could be a big step in this direction. The scientists have created a machine that can peer into your mind’s eye with incredible accuracy. With the help of aritificial intelligence, the machine studies electrical signals in the brain to recreate faces being looked at by volunteers. This, the scientists believe, could provide a means of communication for people who are unable to talk, as well as the development of prosthetics controlled by thoughts.Also Read - How Michiyo Tsujimura's Discovery Of Vitamin C in Green Tea Helped Popularise It As Health Drink
The Daily Mail reports that this finding also opens the door to strange future scenarios, such as those portrayed in the series ‘Black Mirror’, where anyone can record and playback their memories. Reportedly, the test subjects were hooked up to electroencephalography (EEG) equipment by neuroscientists. It recorded their brain activity as they were shown images. The information recorded was then used to digitally recreate the image, using a specially designed piece of software.This breakthrough relies on neural networks, computer systems which simulate the way the brain works in order to learn, reports Mail Online. Firstly, the The Also Read - Bizarre! Japanese Man Steals Over 700 Pieces of Women's Underwear From Laundromats, Arrested
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The networks, scientists say, can be trained to recognise patterns in information. This includes speech, text data, or visual images. The full findings of the study were published in the journal eNeuro. It is the basis for a large number of the developments in artificial intelligence (AI) over recent years. News reports state that previous research in this field relied on fMRI scans, which monitor changes in blood flow in the brain, rather than electrical activity. Recently, in January 2018, Japanese scientists revealed a similar device which made use of fMRI to recreate objects being looked at, and even thought about.