February 2, 2012
As the subjects listened to the
words being spoken, a computer program analyzed brain activity in
the temporal lobe, and how the brain interpreted and recreated
specific words or sounds.
Using the information from this brain activity, scientists were able to ‘synthesize’ the actual sound, using the sounds themselves to determine what the words are.
With more work and refining, this
process could be used to effectively interpret thoughts of an
individual and translate them into some understandable form of
On the one hand,
this would prove to be incredibly useful for those with neurological
diseases, physical impairment of speech
or brain damage, who have trouble speaking due to their injuries.
This would effectively provide a medium for them to communicate
effectively regardless of any impairment.
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Man having the power to invade another man’s
mind is hardly fair or acceptable, regardless of the circumstances.
This influence could turn human relations into a controlled and
predictable scheme where the individual would have no freedom of
This technology - while
amazing - should be utilized only within reasonable bounds.