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Are We A Step Closer To Reading Minds?


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Glasgow University has begun to ‘decode’ brainwaves. If successful, researchers believe the findings could lead to brain-computer interface. BBC News reports:

Scientists believe they are a step closer to being able to read people’s minds after decoding human brainwaves.

Glasgow University researchers asked volunteers to identify different emotions on images of human faces.

They then measured the volunteers’ resulting brainwaves using a technique called electroencephalography (EEG).

Once researchers compared the answers to the brainwaves recorded, they were able to decode the type of information the brainwaves held relating to vision.

The research was carried out by the university’s institute of neuroscience and psychology.

Six volunteers were presented with images of people’s faces, displaying different emotions such as happiness, fear and surprise.

[Continues at BBC News]

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Artificial Telepathy: A Non-Lethal Weapon?

GanzfeldDo you hear voices in your head? MindTech Sweden describes the dangers of “artificial telepathy”:

The experience of “Artificial Telepathy” is really not that extraordinary. It’s as simple as receiving a cell-phone call in one’s head.

Indeed, most of the technology involved is exactly identical to that of cell-phone technology. Satellites link the sender and the receiver. A computer “multiplexer” routes the voice signal of the sender through microwave towers to a very specifically defined location or cell. The “receiver” is located and tracked with pinpoint accuracy, to within a few feet of actual location. But the receiver is not a cell phone. It’s a human brain.

Out of nowhere, a voice suddenly blooms in the mind of the target. The human skull has no “firewall” and therefore cannot shut the voice out. The receiver can hear the sender’s verbal thoughts. The sender, in turn, can hear all of the target’s thoughts, exactly as if the target’s verbal thoughts had been spoken or broadcast.

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The Psychic Polaroid Projections Of Ted Serios

photo_10247_carouselExtrasensory abilities, or hoax? The University of Maryland has a retrospective on the work of Ted Serios, an alcoholic bellhop who, though intense concentration, could produce dreamlike “mind photos” using a Polaroid camera. The Chronicle of Higher Education is a believer:

Strange as it may seem, such “thought” photographs do exist, and a selection of them are on display in an exhibition through March 27 at the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

“Psychic Projections/Photographic Impressions: Paranormal Photographs from the Jule Eisenbud Collection on Ted Serios” features a series of images produced by Theodore Judd Serios (1918-2006), a bellhop from Chicago who appeared to possess a genuinely uncanny ability. By holding a Polaroid camera and focusing on the lens very intently, he was able to produce dreamlike pictures of his thoughts on the film; he referred to these images as “thoughtographs,” and many striking examples are on display in the exhibition.

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Telepathic Japanese Robots Within 10 Years? (Video)

Via h+ magazine: Japan has announced a goal of commercial mind-reading devices and helper robots within the next 10 years. "While the U.S. Army actively pursues 'thought helmets' that might someday lead to secure mind-to-mind communication between soldiers, the Japanese are going after the consumer market." The "brainwave initiative" involves the government and private sector collaborating on electronics that can be controlled by thought alone. (Several years ago, Hitachi announced the goal of a commercial brain-machine interface by 2011, and they're already actively pursuing thought-controlled TV.)
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Telepathic Typing?

Why bother to type a document using a keyboard when you can write it by simply thinking about the letters? All it requires is a surgical incision into your skull and a sheet of electrodes on your brain…

A brain wave study presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society shows that people with electrodes in their brains can “type”… using just their minds. The study involved electrocorticography – a sheet of electrodes laid directly on the surface of the brain after a surgical incision into the skull.

“We were able to consistently predict the desired letters for our patients at or near 100 percent accuracy,” explains one Mayo clinic neurologist.

It’s a nice companion to the brain wave applications that can only turn brain waves into music or post Twitter status updates by thought alone…

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