Friday, August 14, 2020
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

AI can turn human thoughts into written word

Posted on Thursday, 2 April, 2020 | Comment icon 16 comments

What if your thoughts could be directly converted to text ? Image Credit: CC 2.0 Andrew Mason
A remarkable new AI system has been designed that can read what someone is thinking and turn it into text.
Despite sounding like something out of a science-fiction movie, brain-computer interfaces capable of reading and interpreting someone's thoughts are fast becoming the real deal.

One of the most difficult aspects of reading what someone is thinking is understanding how specific thoughts are represented by different patterns of brain activity. These patterns are not the same for everyone - how we think about any given concept depends on our own experiences and memories.

In a new study at the University of California San Francisco, however, scientists have demonstrated that turning brain signals directly into text is actually possible.

Four epilepsy patients with brain implants designed to monitor seizures were asked to read and repeat a series of short sentences while their brain activity was recorded and analyzed by a computer.
The data was then processed by a neural network that could identify patterns corresponding to certain speech signatures, such as those associated with certain sounds or mouth movements.

A second neural network then decoded this information to predict what each person was thinking.

Incredibly, the experiment was able to turn brain signals into written word with a word error rate of as little as three percent - an accuracy rate never achieved before.

While there is obviously still a long way to go until a system like this can interpret everything someone is thinking, it's an impressive step towards a brain-computer communications solution that could one day make it possible for severely physically limited individuals to make their voices heard.

Source: Science Alert | Comments (16)

Tags: Brain

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by spartan max2 on 1 April, 2020, 17:26
I try to look at the positives of technology just because I know tech progress isn't going to stop.
Comment icon #8 Posted by _Only on 2 April, 2020, 19:50
Bad. Our minds are the last thing truly to ourselves. Well, were.
Comment icon #9 Posted by pokingjoker on 2 April, 2020, 22:09
Maybe i can finally know what my dog, cat, and significant other is thinking when asked where she wants to eat.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Seti42 on 2 April, 2020, 22:09
ATM, it sounds like something that can't be used without consent and a lot of prep work. Which is good. If this can help people who've lost the ability to speak, sign, or write, wonderful. Honestly, I don't see this going into "thought-stealing" territory...At least not for a long while.
Comment icon #11 Posted by SpaceBumZaphod on 3 April, 2020, 1:48
I can see wonderful uses for this for people who are non verbal. YET, I can also see a Totalitarian government using this as an evil tool. Everyone has thought at one tine or another: I'm going to kill that *******. They could arrest you for a thought crime. Two sides of the coin I guess.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Shane56 on 3 April, 2020, 2:51
This is very disturbing. What goes on in your mind, your heart of hearts , personal thoughts, flow of consciousness  (ie. your brain) is the  last and final vestige of privacy.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year on 3 April, 2020, 10:16
1984 was never intended to be an instruction manual.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Aten on 4 April, 2020, 12:16
Guys/Girls this is surely (Shirley) an April fools day article, get a grip :-))  
Comment icon #15 Posted by Still Waters on 4 April, 2020, 19:00
It's dated 30th March.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus on 5 April, 2020, 7:01
I think with this technology, once perfected,it may help paralized people in having a communication line with the outside world.

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:


Did humans really wipe out the woolly rhino ?
The woolly rhino may not have been wiped out by human hunting practices as was previously believed.
Pentagon set to launch new UFO task force
According to reports, a new task force dedicated to investigating UFOs will be unveiled in the next few days.
Ancient galaxy looks surprisingly familiar
A 12 billion-year-old galaxy in the distant universe looks uncannily like a miniature version of the Milky Way.
Japan's Bigfoot mystery endures 50 years on
Japan's answer to the legendary cryptid was first sighted during a mountain drive one night 50 years ago.
Stories & Experiences
Black blob in my room/bed
7-23-2020 | Powell,TN U.S.
Transparent levitating ball
7-14-2020 | Santa Rosa, California
Grim reaper-like visitation
6-16-2020 | Canada
My monster catfish story
6-15-2020 | Dallas texas
Orb of light in room
5-9-2020 | USA/Texas/Waco
Not sleeping alone
5-9-2020 | Los Angeles
Glowing red eyes
5-9-2020 | Fields, Louisiana
Two creature sightings
5-1-2020 | Augusta and Louisana

         More stories | Send us your story
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
NASA studies underwater 'white smoker' vents
Posted 4-17-2020 | 3 comments
Hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor can teach us about possible habitats on other worlds.
10 strange things about our solar system
Posted 3-17-2020 | 0 comments
A look at some of the most mysterious things about our solar system.
Lizzie - Scotland's other loch monster
Posted 3-8-2020 | 0 comments
Amelia Dimoldenberg investigates the Loch Ness Monster's neighbor.
Adam Savage and Spot
Posted 2-14-2020 | 4 comments
Adam Savage tests out Boston Dynamics' impressive Spot robot.
NASA 2020: Are you ready ?
Posted 1-1-2020 | 3 comments
A look at what's coming up in the world of spaceflight this year.
 View: More videos
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 (c) 2001-2020
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ