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IBM Predicts Mind Reading Machines: Look Into The Future With IBM’s 5-in-5 Tech Predictions

Posted: December 21st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Science News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on IBM Predicts Mind Reading Machines: Look Into The Future With IBM’s 5-in-5 Tech Predictions

IBM Five-In-Five

Century-old technology behemoth IBM has done some pretty wild things in it’s time. They’ve dragged us from Keypunch through Typesetting and on to Supercomputing technology. So when the behemoth makes a prediction, the world listens, even when it’s outlandish. IBM has predicted a near future in which machines read minds and recognise who they’re dealing with. Each year since 2006, IBM has released Five-In-Five, a list of 5 predictions for the future of tech, 5 innovations that will have a profound effect in the next 5 years. The latest IBM Five-in-Five predictions were based on societal trends and research which the New York State-based company expected to begin bearing fruit by the year 2017.

“From Houdini to Skywalker to X-Men, mind reading has merely been wishful thinking for science fiction fans for decades, but their wish may soon come true,” IBM said in its annual assessment of innovations on the horizon. Read the full article »»»»


UC Berkeley Scientists Use Magnetic Brain Imaging to Reveal the Movies In Our Mind

Posted: September 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Applied Science, Cankler, Favorite New Thought, M.Aaron Silverman, Outside the Box, Science, Science News, University of California-Berkeley | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UC Berkeley Scientists Use Magnetic Brain Imaging to Reveal the Movies In Our Mind

Highpants Psychic

Researchers from the University of California-Berkeley have used functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging – fMRI – and computational models to watch clips of movies inside the minds of people who just viewed them . . . researchers were able to decipher and reconstruct movies from peoples minds!

As you move through the world or you watch a movie, a dynamic, ever-changing pattern of activity is evoked in the brain. The goal of movie reconstruction is to use the evoked activity to recreate the movie you observed. To do this, we create encoding models that describe how movies are transformed into brain activity, and now researchers have used those models to decode brain activity and reconstruct the stimulus, they’ve turned our thoughts of moving pictures back into movies . . .

 Human visual encoding is a clever and complex system, it consists of several dozen distinct cortical visual areas and sub-cortical nuclei, all arranged in a network that is both hierarchical and parallel. Visual information comes into the eye and is transduced into nerve impulses, electrified. These impulses are sent on to the lateral geniculate nucleus and then to Primary Visual Cortex :: Read the full article »»»»