A Technique for Reading Minds

A team from Kyoto University is using a deep neural network to read and interpret people’s thoughts. The new technique, dubbed “deep image reconstruction,” gives researchers the ability to decode images that have multiple layers of color and structure.

The reconstructed images from the study retain some resemblance to the original images viewed by participants, but mostly, they look like minimally-detailed blobs. However, the technology’s accuracy is only going to improve, and its applications will increase accordingly.

Imagine “instant art,” where you could produce art just by picturing it in your head. Or what if an AI could record your brain activity as you’re asleep and dreaming, then re-create your dreams in order to analyze them?