Computers that can see what you see… via your brain.

I found this on Neatorama today, and I have to say it’s  pretty damn impressive piece of technology.

“It was the first time in the world that it was possible to visualise what people see directly from the brain activity,” the private institute said in a statement.

I’m sure the applications for it are extensive, and this marks the first step. The initial leap in any technology is often the hardest one- revisions are easier once the process exists. I can’t help but think the negative privacy aspects of this technology could be staggering. Talk about thought police! If it can translate what a person is imagining instead of just what they are directly seeing… Plus, if a cheap device like this becomes available, the divorce rate will probably skyrocket.

The implications are staggering. The fact that this is possible with visual stimuli implies strongly that it is possible for all other senses as well, as at their root they are all effectively different processors in the same architecture. If this could be applied to transmit as well as receive, handicaps would be curable with machines- the blind and deaf could see and hear through non-invasive headphones or glasses. Not to mention the entertainment aspects… Sensory VR immersion could be incredible, bypassing the need for most of the extensive kit required to provide things like odors and touch sensations.

What a cool time this is to be alive.

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