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Scientists Build “Mind-Reading” Machine

In a major technical breakthrough that could help the police to peep into the criminal’s minds, or even help psychiatrists to help better understand the staggering brain activities, a consortium of scientists have developed a machine that can project the human thoughts on screen.

A team of scientists from the University of California has inched closer to a long-awaited prospect of equipping scientists with the ability to record individuals’ dreams or eavesdrop into their virtual worlds to figure out their pasts.

The development is akin to what has already been featured in a Hollywood flick Minority Report, in which a person’s thoughts were easily breached by the authorities.

Neuroscientists at the University have already aligned the patterns of the brain activity with that of some static images viewed by the individual, and even claimed that it’s now possible to decode signals created in the brain due to dynamic scenes.

The experiment employed the cutting-edge functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology to decode the brain activities of two individuals as they watched some videos, conjoining the activity patterns in their brain’s visual cortex with the dynamics and colours in the footage.

The info so produced was then fed into the program software to enable it to show an outline of the ‘mind’s eye’ iteration of the footage of the videos the individuals were viewing.

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