Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have managed to reverse-engineer the motion-processing which goes on within the brain’s visual cortex. They recorded the brain activity of volunteers watching videos and then used that recorded data to approximately reconstruct the videos they had been viewing.
As yet, the technology can only reconstruct movie clips that people have already viewed. The researchers also point out that the technology is still decades away from allowing users to read others’ thoughts and intentions, as portrayed in such sci-fi classics as “Brainstorm,” in which scientists recorded a person’s sensations so that others could experience them. You can read more about the study in the UC Berkeley press release and at the Gallant lab website.
Here is the demonstration video they released.
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