A research team, whose major investors include some of the biggest telecommunications companies in Japan, has announced that it has successfully deciphered the contents of human dreams with high precision by analyzing the human brain’s activity during sleep.
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In order to achieve these results, the research group first placed the three men who participated in the experiment into a state of sleep. They were then woken up after several minutes and asked to recount the content of their dreams. During this time the researchers compared the brain activity patterns recorded during sleep with the men’s accounts. The experiment was conducted over 200 times.

Next, while awake, the participants were shown pictures from 20 different categories, including cars and animals, after which their brain activity was further analyzed. These results were then compared to the brain activity during sleep, where the researchers discovered that they could predict the contents from one part of a dream with an accuracy rate of over 70 percent.

The year, 20??. You walk into a store, past a brain scanner which sees you are interested in a new toaster. Personalized ads appear in your Google Eyeball. Then you go to the airport where a brain scanner checks your intentions…



  1. bobbo, are we Men of Science, or Devo says:

    Yeap. If it exists, it can be captured in a jar. The year 20?? + x==>download an app so that you like untoasted bread. It will be cheaper and be less environmentally impactful. Still needing work: how society can support more people when no one wants to buy anything.

    Its a conundrum. …. Let me show you a brain scan of that……..

    • Boe Vine says:

      Let ME show you TELEVISION!

      Who needs brain scans when the current herd of cash cows can all be gathered together at the end of the day and told by their masters what the news is, what to do, and even what to think! (Which is especially obvious during campaign seasons.)

      Now, let me show you the Internet and these things called BLOGS and WEB SITES which are only keeping these masterful cow herders on their toes while giving the illusion of freedom to the cows! (YOU should know who those masters are. Be honest.)

  2. Tim says:

    I hate it when that thing busts in and says i’m “doing it wrong.” Who wants to be self-concious in a subconcious wet dream?

    The Dream of Life
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=wU0PYcCsL6o

    • bobbo, should I spend $125 for Lucid Dreaming Goggles says:

      What was that?……. “….then imagine you dream and its your current life…” ///// thats not a GOD HEAD–thats a fu*8ing NIGHTMARE!!!

      Alan Watts? Wasn’t he famous years ago for being a silly old man?

      I think so.

      • Stop the Monkeys says:

        I used to chill-out in college by listening to Alan Watts talk about Zen.

        Now it’s Wayne Dyer and Taoism. Silly old men?

        What soothes your soul?

        • bobbo, should I spend $125 for Lucid Dreaming Goggles says:

          Not religion, nor its close cousin spirituality, nor its bastard black sheep generalized good feelings without a basis in doing so.

          Listen carefully to almost everything they say and then write down EXACTLY what you are supposed : TO DO.

          Say what?

          That old Greek guy said “Too much philosophy makes a man incapable of taking action” or something like that.

          Its kinda like music. Sounds good when listening to it, but doesn’t mean a thing.

          ….. everyone should have a little zen in them though. Hmmmm……..

  3. MikeN says:

    Aren’t you supposed to use a BS meter?
    Though the article does say that they couldn’t determine shape or color, so what is it they matched with 70% accuracy?

    • bobbo, should I spend $125 for Lucid Dreaming Goggles says:

      “….. the participants were shown pictures from 20 different categories….”

      I believe it… because as you note the categories are a low bar to begin with…..imaging thoughts by brain pattern wise.

      You know, the same thing witches did just a few years ago?

      • Tim says:

        Passionflower, choline, magnesium, and hydroxyzine all mixed up in a bucket with the eggs on top are good for lucid dreaming; I’m skeptical about the goggles… is it hot wires that burns your eyes out like a NoNo shaver??

        http://youtube.com/watch?v=s0TvZRcwz4I

        • bobbo, should I spend $125 for Lucid Dreaming Goggles says:

          I don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t work. When I sleep on airplanes the sudden movements will partially wake me up putting me into Lucid Dreaming.

          Its down right scary because I still can’t “really” tell if I’m dreaming or awake in reality. I have to will myself to do something I know is dreamworld like jump 50 feet before I will myself to do more interesting things.

          Why am I so skeptical? They must work, and if they do, the value is there for sure.

  4. pedro says:

    BTW albeit a wee bit off topic (although F Kruger’s photo kinda makes it on topic), we should call congress for a ban on knives. People would not be killed if knives were banned.

    • bobbo, should I spend $125 for Lucid Dreaming Goggles says:

      Now Pedro…. stupidity kills a lot more people and no one is asking for YOU to be banned.

      …… although………..

      • pedro says:

        Miraculously, you’re still alive.

        I count on liberuls like you to ban knives from all public places just like medieval china and japan

        “Confucius endorsed chopsticks. A vegetarian, he said we shouldn’t have knives or anything at all sharp at the table because they remind us of the violence of the slaughterhouse. Sharp points, he believed, evoke violence and warfare.”

        Imagine how many people can be saved by banning them. Or should we only ban large magazine automatic knives only?

        Dribble on!

        • bobbo, should I spend $125 for Lucid Dreaming Goggles says:

          …. But Pedo breath….. YOU are the ONLY person recommending such action.

          Hence the label: stupid.

          See how that works?

    • Tim says:

      “”could multiple stab wounds lead to shorter lives?
      http://youtube.com/watch?v=cQ7J7UjsRqg

  5. Uncle Patso says:

    I remember a newspaper comic strip from my youth wherein you could watch someone’s dream by sticking the end of a telescope in their ear and looking…

  6. dusanmal says:

    “Year 20??…” – major miscalculation, similar to 1800′s, 1920′s, 1950′s,… “views of a certain future”. In two parts: 1) Same as those models we simply can’t comprehend what new technology will bring and change. 2) More specifically to this case/prediction: human nature always shows ebs and flows, action and reaction. Inevitable. Result of Google/NSA/… actions will be public reaction. As in privacy stronger than ever in human history – bigger action, bigger reaction. Technology will be developed. Use of it would carry death penalty. Humanity will shift to a different track.

  7. MWD78 says:

    I feel a sudden overwhelming urge to buy a pair of Lightspeed Briefs…

    • Robin Leech says:

      I’m Robin Leech. Sucking up to the rich. Showing you things you can’t afford. Making you feel like the lowest of lows. Do you see these majical LightSpeed briefs sliding through my fingers? You can’t afford it! You’ll always be dirt poor!

      Now, shut up, slave. Go back asleep. shh. shh. shh. {crickets} … Did you fart?

  8. anonymous Coward says:

    wasn’t this published on the NHK news website on April 1st?

  9. Boe Vine says:

    Perhaps this is a good time to interject with a video. See if you can figure out the significance…

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=eZJoCfgAEuE

    • Tim says:

      I feel…. dumb. Carry on, Mia!!

    • bobbo, should I spend $125 for Lucid Dreaming Goggles says:

      Daddy told me to learn in spite of my teachers. He was never easy to get along with.

  10. Just Dave says:

    I’m going to begin investing in companies that make tinfoil hats. And I mean really fancy 1 percenter hats. Not the kind you can buy at the grocery store in a box.