Midnight In The Desert — mind reading

Science is getting closer to understanding what goes on inside the mind when we dream

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Science is getting closer to understanding what goes on inside the mind when we dream

Dreams are so strange and carry so much significance to us that we often feel the need to tell people about our nocturnal adventures, sometimes at tedious length. But if you understand what goes on inside the brain as dreams take their course, they start to make a lot more sense. And dreams are much more important than you might think. Here are some common questions answered about the nighttime hallucinations we call dreams. 1. Why are dreams so weird There's a good reason dreams are so skittish and peculiar. Memories of life events – "episodic memories" – are stored...

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Mind reading could be a reality thanks to brain implants

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Mind reading could be a reality thanks to brain implants

SUPERHUMANS with the ability to communicate using just their brains could be walking the Earth within two decades.That’s according to a top surgeon who believes it’s only a matter of time until our brains are connected to the internet, reports The Sun. Dr Eric Leuthardt of Washington University thinks that telepathy — or brain-to-brain communication — could be a reality. “A true fluid neural integration is going to happen. It’s just a matter of when,” the neurosurgeon explained during an interview with MIT Technology Review. “If it’s 10 or 100 years in the grand scheme of things, it’s a material...

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How to control a machine using your mind

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How to control a machine using your mind

Imagine being able to make a machine do your bidding with your thoughts alone, no button pressing, typing, screen tapping or fumbling with remote controls, just brain power. Well, this sci-fi scenario could be closer to reality than you think. Bill Kochevar's life was changed, seemingly irrevocably, when he was paralysed from the shoulders down following a cycling accident nearly a decade ago. His future looked bleak. But last year he was fitted with a brain-computer interface, or BCI, that enabled him to move his arm and hand for the first time in eight years. Sensors were implanted in his...

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Test of 'God Helmet' at Music Fest Yields Strange Results

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Test of 'God Helmet' at Music Fest Yields Strange Results

Would you voluntarily wear a ‘God helmet’ whose owner claimed it would allow you to ‘experience’ God? Would you do it for science instead of religion? Do you think you’d be more likely to have the ‘experience’ if you were at a music festival? What about if you were under the influence of a different spirit – alcohol? Just such an experiment was conducted recently at a Dutch music festival and the results were strangely different than you might expect. For those not familiar with it, the God Helmet was developed by inventor Stanley Koren and neuroscientist Michael Persinger (you...

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Black Mirror's mind-reading tech could be here sooner than you think

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Black Mirror's mind-reading tech could be here sooner than you think

Our minds may no longer be a safe haven for secrets. Scientists are working toward building mind-reading algorithms that could potentially decode our innermost thoughts through memories that act as a database. For most, this probably sounds like an episode of Netflix’s hit series Black Mirror. The dystopian sci-fi thriller recently showcased a chilling episode called “Crocodile” that used memory-reading techniques to investigate accidents for insurance purposes. The eerie episode is set in an AI-driven world of driverless vehicles and facial recognition technologies. The plot of “Crocodile” centers on the icy crimes of a witness that investigators revealed with help...

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