This is one of those freaky yet cool emerging-technology pursuits that may radically alter the world the same way the telephone did.
Scientists have long been working on mapping brain activity directly to communicable output. In other words, refining our understanding of the brain’s neural circuits and associated activity to such an advanced level that we can directly interpret a person’s thoughts without the need for them to articulate the same via verbal or written expression, or even via gestures. This is great for people who are paralyzed or unable to speak, but I can reasonably presume that it won’t be too long before we have neural implants that allow us to communicate our thoughts, feelings, and emotions without speaking a word, like I said here a while back.
For those of you who are skeptical, bear in mind that the rate of humanity’s technological advancement is exponential, century over century. We’ve had far greater technological advancement in the past 100 years than we have in the 1000 years preceding. And in the past 10 years alone, we’ve had a similarly exponential growth in communications’ technology. Blackberrys, YouTube, IM applications, Facebook, VoIP technology, and so on.
Keeping with that pace, its not impractical to expect technolgy-assisted telepathic communications within our lifetime.
Professior Xavier, get out of my head, thanks.
Jean Grey can stay.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese researchers have reproduced images of things people were looking at by analyzing brain scans, opening the way for people to communicate directly from their mind.
They hope their study, published in the U.S. journal Neuron, will lead to helping people with speech problems or doctors studying mental disorders, although there are privacy issues if it gets to the stage where someone can read a sleeping person’s dreams.
“When we want to convey a message, we need to move our body, for example by speaking or by tapping a keyboard,” said Yukiyasu Kamitani, the project’s head researcher from the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International, a private institute based in Kyoto, Japan.
“But if we can get information directly from the brain, it will be possible to communicate directly by imagining what we want to say, without having to move,” Kamitani said in a telephone interview with Reuters.
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