Portal into the Mind
Have you ever found yourself in the frustrating position of explaining the details of a fleeting dream to a friend? Is it difficult to express the colours, lights, sounds, and feelings that you alone experienced in those moments while slumbering? All of this could soon be processed into visual images via new MRI technology being developed by Dr. Jack Gallant from the University of California at Berkeley. According to Dr. Gallant, "Our results suggest that it may soon be possible to reconstruct a picture of a person's visual experience from measurements of brain activity alone. Imagine a general brain-reading device that could reconstruct a picture of a person's visual experience at any moment in time."
The prospect of “mind-viewing” expands the dialogue of human rights and the protection of privacy. With worrying political bills such as HR 1955, the thoughts and dreams of humanity are quickly and quietly being slid under the lenses of a microscope. What role could this technology play in human consciousness? Could it be used to express ourselves in wonderful new ways? Could it help elevate a person to another level of intellectual understanding? Or could it take a darker note, prodding deep into the subconscious to know our inner-most thoughts, or even implant desires for advertised goods?
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