A long way from remote reading of your brain, but give it time. Unless they start replacing the inner’ds of metal detectors at store entrances and airport body scanners with MRIs…

Now researchers in the Netherlands have taken another step towards that future by using brain scans to successfully identify what a person is perceiving, specifically the letters that they are seeing.

Using a combination of shape recognition and training an algorithm to understand the changes in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) signals caused by viewing a letter, a team from Radboud University Nijmegen was able to decode sensory information inside the brains of the study participants.

  1. Tim says:

    After 70,000,000 functional MRI generated voxels, we think we know what that zombie is thinking.

  2. LibertyLover says:

    “We’re not telling people what to think. We’re just trying to show them how.”


  3. Tim says:

    Image brains in comic sans infrared after 5:00 pm.

  4. Harry says:

    I have a titanium plate in my head from aneurysm surgery, bring it on.

  5. BigBoyBC says:

    Go ahead try to read my brain, I dare you. I’ve been trying for for 50 years, I can barely figure it out…

  6. Dallas says:

    This is an outrage

  7. Uncle Patso says:

    Is it time for the foil hats yet?

  8. Cap'n Kangaroo says:

    Anybody see the next lie detector/voice stress analyzer in this research?

  9. Never mind the NSA, this will become truly valuable when it can be used to cheaply predict in real time to what sort of advertising message a group of target consumers will be most responsive.

    And by target consumers, of course I mean campaign donors and voters.

  10. Mr Diesel - Bobbo who thinks nothing is wrong with child porn says:

    WTF, now the NSA is caught spying on love interests too.

    • Tim says:

      Yea, they did not tell you because you’d tell the teacher. — sux to be left outside the trendy group; Pretend you like turtles.

  11. Ken in Berkeley says:

    So the guys wearing aluminum foil on their head aren’t crazy after all? 🙂


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