Well not dreams to life but the next best thing, a picture of what you’re dreaming about.
Since the dawn of time, mankind have been fascinated by dreams, those fleeting images that are sometimes frustrating to recall or understand. Sci-fi movies has long envisioned machines that might one day send dreamlike thoughts into the brain or even record them, as in movies like "Total Recall." All this was only speculation, until now, that is.
According to Michio Kaku, scientists have made remarkable progress in an area once thought impossible. Taking a snapshot of our memories and maybe even our dreams. Scientist in Japan have taken the first steps in making this Hollywood device possible.
They show their subjects a pinpoint of light at particular location. Then they used an fMRI scan to record where the brain stored this information. They moved the pinpoint of light and recorded where the brain stored this new image. Eventually, they had a one to one map of where scores of pinpoints of light were stored in the brain. These pinpoints were located on a 10 X 10 grid. Then the scientists flashed a picture of a simple object made from these points, such as a horseshoe. By computer they analyzed how the brain stored this picture. The pattern stored by the brain was the images that made up the horseshoe.
Any pattern of lights on this 10 X 10 can be decoded by a computer looking at the fMRI brain scans. Phys.org
In the future, the scientists want to increase the number of pixels in their grid. They claim that any visual thought or even dream should be able to be detected by the fMRI scan. We are seeing history in the making. Only question is, would we want to share with others our dreams and what we think?
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