06 Jul Computers may be able to ‘read’ thoughts
It sounds like something from a science fiction movie: Sensors are surgically inserted in the brain to understand what you’re thinking. Machines that can speak, move or process information — based on the fleeting thoughts in a person’s imagination.
But it’s not completely fictional. The technology is out there. A researcher in Wisconsin recently announced the ability to “think” updates onto the Twitter website. Locally, researchers at Washington University have developed even deeper ways of tying humans and computers together.
For Eric Leuthardt, 36, a neurologist at Washington University Medical School, it’s about taking our relationship with computers to the next level.
“The idea is to basically connect people with devices and machines through their thoughts directly,” he said.
Leuthardt’s latest research involves giving computers the ability to understand speech imagined in the mind.
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