Science will be able to read your mind

via Kottke

Okay, don’t panic. Science can’t read your thoughts just yet. However, they can kind of vaguely reproduce what you see using youtube videos.

Here is vaguely what it looks like:

And you can read more about it here.


What I personally find interesting in this is the consequences breakthroughs like this and one’s like it will have for our idea’s of what our minds are. If this opens up the possibility for us to reproduce what another person sees in their dreams and thoughts, we can at least partly eliminate the problem of other minds.

If we can reproduce what someone else can see, it stands to reason to say that we will also be able to reproduce someone else’s inner monologue. Essentially, we could be able to show the results of someone else’s conscious experience!

As I’m sure you can see in the video, it’s all very rough still, however I think this should allow us to at least think optimistically about the future of technology (and pessimistically about the future of privacy :P)


~ by majorshake on September 27, 2011.

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