Smartphones Will Soon Have The Capability Of Reading Minds
A team of researcher from Japan, from the Toyohashi University of Technology, have come up with a system capable of reading minds – literally. By using brainwaves, the technology was able to recognise with 90 percent accuracy a number from zero to nine that test subjects were thinking about. In another experiment, the system could, with a 61 percent accuracy, decipher single syllables in Japanese. For reading minds, this system made use of an electroencephalogram (EEG) brain scan and based its answers on that.
“Up until now, speech-decoding from EEG signals has had difficulty in collecting enough data to allow the use of powerful algorithms based on ‘deep learning‘ or other types of machine learning,” Toyohashi University of Technology announced in a press release. “The research group has developed a different research-framework that can achieve high performance with a small training data-set.”
Now, even though the system is not entirely accurate, the team is pleased with the results and are pushing forward with the technology. They want to implement a brain-computer interface capable of translating thoughts into audible words. They hope to integrate it into a smartphone app which could be ready in five years time.
But besides the seemingly dystopian uses one such technology might have, it could prove useful for people who have lost their ability to speak, or for those who are suffering from paralysis. Present-day technologies make use of on their ability to move some of their fingers or their eyes in order to spell out words. Reading minds directly could bypass this system and make communication much easier for them.
Their efforts are being directly or indirectly aided by others such as Facebook and Elon Musk, who are looking into similar technologies. Musk is interested in developing a computer interface that can be directly implanted into the brain and which is said to improve human intelligence.