Scientists Develop Device To See Inside Dreams

valerie-and-her-week-of-wonders-1970-3Suspect that your spouse is enamored with another? For a fee, you’ll be able to get a recording of their dreams to playback and double check. The Telegraph reports:

The secret world of dreams has been unlocked with the invention of technology capable of illustrating images taken directly from human brains during sleep.

A team of Japanese scientists have created a device that enables the processing and imaging of thoughts and dreams as experienced in the brain to appear on a computer screen.

While researchers have so far only created technology that can reproduce simple images from the brain, the discovery paves the way for the ability to unlock people’s dreams and other brain processes.

A spokesman at ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories said: “It was the first time in the world that it was possible to visualise what people see directly from the brain activity.

“By applying this technology, it may become possible to record and replay subjective images that people perceive like dreams.” The scientists, lead by chief researcher Yukiyaso Kamitani, focused on the image recognition procedures in the retina of the human eye.

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  • Mindreader

    Next step is to take this thing Wi-Fi and produce a ‘grid’ or ‘cloud’ where everyone and anyone’s dreams can be read…but that’s only if it hasn’t been invented already.  Damn people ( I should say government’s) are friggin nosy.  But hey why buy originality and genius when you can just steal it.

  • Mindreader

    Next step is to take this thing Wi-Fi and produce a ‘grid’ or ‘cloud’ where everyone and anyone’s dreams can be read…but that’s only if it hasn’t been invented already.  Damn people ( I should say government’s) are friggin nosy.  But hey why buy originality and genius when you can just steal it.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    No. They Didn’t.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    No. They Didn’t.

  • Sam

    So we can see what people are dreaming, but don’t have the cure for cancer… Huh…

    • anti_secret_squirrel

      This is one of the many possible cures for cancer.  I believe that it will almost definately come from one of the many rainforest around the world that we are destroying at an alarming rate.

      http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/possible-cancer-cure-found-in-blushwood-shrub/story-e6freoof-1225826874057

      • anti_secret_squirrel

        Facts about the Abundant Life and Important Resources that Rainforests Share with Us A
        typical four-square-mile patch of rainforest contains as many as 1,500
        flowering plants, 750 species of trees, 400 species of birds and 150
        species of butterflies.Rainforests provide many important
        products for people: timber, coffee, cocoa and many medicinal products,
        including those used in the treatment of cancer.Seventy
        percent of the plants identified by the U.S. National Cancer Institute
        as useful in the treatment of cancer are found only in rainforests.More than 2,000 tropical forest plants have been identified by scientists as having anti-cancer properties.Less than one percent of the tropical rainforest species have been analyzed for their medicinal value.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Walker/100001194954473 Bob Walker

      But Sam, not only can we see what people dream, we can haz nude photos of Linzey Lowhand.  That’s gotta count for sumthin’  … even if it’s probably way negative.  I bow to technology,to keep from getting my head whacked (and dreams recorded).

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jai-Ankers/100000395755973 Jai Ankers

        You think governments want to get rid of something that rakes in profit?

  • Sam

    So we can see what people are dreaming, but don’t have the cure for cancer… Huh…

  • sts

    I don’t like this for many reasons.  But what I do like this is the ability to create almost anything visual.  Special effects won’t be needed or actors.  In the future (when dream reading technology is more precise) dream (athletes) will be used to create whole movies with particular actors and incredible effects.  No cameras, no actors no editors. 

    Plus there is another thing that will be great.  For people like me, (whose best ideas come in my sleep) I no longer have to scrounge for a piece of paper to scribble vague ideas down.  Or perhaps I’ll discover the half-remembered ideas weren’t all that great in their full form.

    • Malk

      the technology is still decades away from doing anything other than dark and light spots, I don’t think we’re in trouble of Inception just yet. But you bring up a great point… the focal point of a novel I started 11 years ago but never finished = [

      these titles are horribly misleading of late though =/

  • sts

    I don’t like this for many reasons.  But what I do like this is the ability to create almost anything visual.  Special effects won’t be needed or actors.  In the future (when dream reading technology is more precise) dream (athletes) will be used to create whole movies with particular actors and incredible effects.  No cameras, no actors no editors. 

    Plus there is another thing that will be great.  For people like me, (whose best ideas come in my sleep) I no longer have to scrounge for a piece of paper to scribble vague ideas down.  Or perhaps I’ll discover the half-remembered ideas weren’t all that great in their full form.

  • Malk

    the technology is still decades away from doing anything other than dark and light spots, I don’t think we’re in trouble of Inception just yet. But you bring up a great point… the focal point of a novel I started 11 years ago but never finished = [

    these titles are horribly misleading of late though =/

  • Dougieberg

    You really don’t want to be seeing what the hell goes on in my head. Besides, in my dreams I’m huge in Japan.

    • Lmnop_nis

      So, you dream about being Godzilla………………???

      • Dougieberg

        Get out of my head!!

      • Anarchy Pony

        There are not enough up votes in the world for that.

  • Dougieberg

    You really don’t want to be seeing what the hell goes on in my head. Besides, in my dreams I’m huge in Japan.

  • Lmnop_nis

    So, you dream about being Godzilla………………???

  • Dougieberg

    Get out of my head!!

  • Dream master

    They didn’t say, what’s the resolution of dream pictures (or soon videos)? I mean, if it’s decent resolution, we might even start a website with live streaming of people’s dreams lol….
    A dream machine…sure haha

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Walker/100001194954473 Bob Walker


      While researchers have so far only created technology that can reproduce simple images from the brain, the discovery paves the way for the ability to unlock people’s dreams ”  I read this as “PACMAN would look like hi-res graphics compared to what we can currently ‘see’ in a dream, but it’s bound to get better”.
      And it will.
      And we will have … Sleep Blogging!!!  (don’t let the kids watch this, folks).

  • Dream master

    They didn’t say, what’s the resolution of dream pictures (or soon videos)? I mean, if it’s decent resolution, we might even start a website with live streaming of people’s dreams lol….
    A dream machine…sure haha

  • anti_secret_squirrel

    This is one of the many possible cures for cancer.  I believe that it will almost definately come from one of the many rainforest around the world that we are destroying at an alarming rate.

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/possible-cancer-cure-found-in-blushwood-shrub/story-e6freoof-1225826874057

  • anti_secret_squirrel

    Facts about the Abundant Life and Important Resources that Rainforests Share with Us A
    typical four-square-mile patch of rainforest contains as many as 1,500
    flowering plants, 750 species of trees, 400 species of birds and 150
    species of butterflies.Rainforests provide many important
    products for people: timber, coffee, cocoa and many medicinal products,
    including those used in the treatment of cancer.Seventy
    percent of the plants identified by the U.S. National Cancer Institute
    as useful in the treatment of cancer are found only in rainforests.More than 2,000 tropical forest plants have been identified by scientists as having anti-cancer properties.Less than one percent of the tropical rainforest species have been analyzed for their medicinal value.

  • Markov Cheney

    subpar story from 2008.. c’mon guys..

  • Markov Cheney

    subpar story from 2008.. c’mon guys..

  • Anarchy Pony

    There are not enough up votes in the world for that.

  • http://www.cynicalreviews.net Cynical Reviews

    Spooky stuff.

  • http://www.cynicalreviews.net Cynical Reviews

    Spooky stuff.

  • http://wireless-city.com Gallandof

    this would be a great way to see and potentially showcase the effects of psychedelic and hallucinogenic drugs

  • http://wireless-city.com Gallandof

    this would be a great way to see and potentially showcase the effects of psychedelic and hallucinogenic drugs

  • http://www.halfbakedpotatoes.com/creamofthecrop Half Baked Potatoes

    Next reality show , ‘The real dreams, of the real wives of the real OC.

    click my name for a funny site

  • http://www.halfbakedpotatoes.com/creamofthecrop Half Baked Potatoes

    Next reality show , ‘The real dreams, of the real wives of the real OC.

    click my name for a funny site

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Walker/100001194954473 Bob Walker

    But Sam, not only can we see what people dream, we can haz nude photos of Linzey Lowhand.  That’s gotta count for sumthin’  … even if it’s probably way negative.  I bow to technology,to keep from getting my head whacked (and dreams recorded).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Walker/100001194954473 Bob Walker


    While researchers have so far only created technology that can reproduce simple images from the brain, the discovery paves the way for the ability to unlock people’s dreams ”  I read this as “PACMAN would look like hi-res graphics compared to what we can currently ‘see’ in a dream, but it’s bound to get better”.
    And it will.
    And we will have … Sleep Blogging!!!  (don’t let the kids watch this, folks).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jai-Ankers/100000395755973 Jai Ankers

    You think governments want to get rid of something that rakes in profit?

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