Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Whoa, Sweet! Brain Scanners Can Play Movies from Your Mind

Now they have machines that can, in blurry and vague fashion, reconstruct the movies you're watching from the activity of your brain, according to a story I found in Arab News.com.

It sounds like science fiction: While volunteers watched movie clips, a scanner watched their brains. And from their brain activity, a computer made rough reconstructions of what they viewed.
Scientists reported that result Thursday and speculated such an approach might be able to reveal dreams and hallucinations someday.

In the future, it might help stroke victims or others who have no other way to communicate, said Jack Gallant, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Berkeley, and co-author of the paper. [more . . .]

This is good.  If they can play movies from the content of your brain, then when a million-year-old psychic spaceship containing the dead bodies of giant grasshoppers from Mars is found in the London underground and a guy with a diamond drill turns crazy and psychic from trying to open it, they'll be able to reconstruct the giant grasshoppers' evil Fascist agenda by plugging the guy's head into a TV set.
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