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David Guyatt
03-12-2010, 12:33 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1257174/Psychic-invented-tell-youre-thinking.html

[quote]The mind-reading machine: 'Psychic' computer invented that can tell what you're thinking

By Fiona Macrae
Last updated at 9:00 AM on 12th March 2010

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Volunteers were asked to think about video footage they had seen while their brains were scanned. A special computer was able to tell what they were thinking about 45% of the time
A computer program that can read your mind has been developed by British scientists.

In tests, it was able to access and interpret memories by scanning the brain patterns of volunteers.

The computer had a high success rate in telling which of three short films the subjects were thinking about.

Eleanor Maguire, of the University College London research team, said the work meant we were 'approaching the realm of mind-reading'.

The seven-second film clips showed women going about daily tasks, such as posting a letter. Then, while their brains were scanned, the volunteers were asked to think about what they had seen.

The brain lit up differently for each film, allowing the researchers to create a program that homed in on the patterns. The volunteers were then asked to think about the clips again and the 'psychic' computer worked out which one they had in mind.

The machine recorded a 45 per cent success rate - significantly higher than would have been expected through chance alone, the journal Current Biology reports.

Professor Maguire said: 'In our previous experiment, we were looking at basic memories, at someone's location.

'What is more interesting is to look at episodic memories - the complex, everyday memories that include much more information on where we are, what we are doing and how we feel.'

Lead researcher Martin Chadwick said: 'It suggests that our memories are recorded in a regular pattern.'


Test subjects were shown footage of a woman performing a number of activities such as posting a letter and talking on the phone
The study, which was funded by the Wellcome Trust, focused on the hippocampus, a small area of the brain that plays a key role in memory, navigation and imagining the future.

Unravelling the workings of memory raises the prospect of developing infallible lie detector tests.

The interpretation of intentions could even allow police to arrest criminals before they break the law, as seen in the 2002 Tom Cruise film, Minority Report.

The research could also shed light on the memory loss seen in Alzheimer's disease, stroke and other conditions.

Professor Maguire's earlier work compared the brains of London taxi drivers with those of bus drivers.

Scans showed an area of the hippocampus to be bigger in the cabbies, suggesting their brains grow to cope with their detailed knowledge of London's streets.[quote]

Peter Lemkin
03-12-2010, 03:53 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1257174/Psychic-invented-tell-youre-thinking.html

[quote]The mind-reading machine: 'Psychic' computer invented that can tell what you're thinking

By Fiona Macrae
Last updated at 9:00 AM on 12th March 2010

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/03/11/article-1257174-08ADFBEF000005DC-874_233x372.jpg
Volunteers were asked to think about video footage they had seen while their brains were scanned. A special computer was able to tell what they were thinking about 45% of the time
A computer program that can read your mind has been developed by British scientists.

In tests, it was able to access and interpret memories by scanning the brain patterns of volunteers.

The computer had a high success rate in telling which of three short films the subjects were thinking about.

Eleanor Maguire, of the University College London research team, said the work meant we were 'approaching the realm of mind-reading'.

The seven-second film clips showed women going about daily tasks, such as posting a letter. Then, while their brains were scanned, the volunteers were asked to think about what they had seen.

The brain lit up differently for each film, allowing the researchers to create a program that homed in on the patterns. The volunteers were then asked to think about the clips again and the 'psychic' computer worked out which one they had in mind.

The machine recorded a 45 per cent success rate - significantly higher than would have been expected through chance alone, the journal Current Biology reports.

Professor Maguire said: 'In our previous experiment, we were looking at basic memories, at someone's location.

'What is more interesting is to look at episodic memories - the complex, everyday memories that include much more information on where we are, what we are doing and how we feel.'

Lead researcher Martin Chadwick said: 'It suggests that our memories are recorded in a regular pattern.'


Test subjects were shown footage of a woman performing a number of activities such as posting a letter and talking on the phone
The study, which was funded by the Wellcome Trust, focused on the hippocampus, a small area of the brain that plays a key role in memory, navigation and imagining the future.

Unravelling the workings of memory raises the prospect of developing infallible lie detector tests.

The interpretation of intentions could even allow police to arrest criminals before they break the law, as seen in the 2002 Tom Cruise film, Minority Report.

The research could also shed light on the memory loss seen in Alzheimer's disease, stroke and other conditions.

Professor Maguire's earlier work compared the brains of London taxi drivers with those of bus drivers.

Scans showed an area of the hippocampus to be bigger in the cabbies, suggesting their brains grow to cope with their detailed knowledge of London's streets.[quote]


I'll bet it won't work on W nor Palin's brain! Any takers on that bet?!?!?!

Keith Millea
03-12-2010, 04:31 PM
The interpretation of intentions could even allow police to arrest criminals before they break the law, as seen in the 2002 Tom Cruise film, Minority Report.

Great!Now we not only have pre-emptive wars,but soon to be pre-emptive arrests.At some point,they will just take you from your birth because you have the wrong genetic make-up.:hmmmm:

Jan Klimkowski
03-12-2010, 07:39 PM
The research above is preposterously over-interpreted by the UCL scientists - probably in the search for more funding.

However, this is visible, open, science which will at some stage end up in peer-reviewed journals.

The deep black "science" is usually at least a decade ahead of the visible stuff.

Peter Lemkin
03-12-2010, 08:07 PM
The interpretation of intentions could even allow police to arrest criminals before they break the law, as seen in the 2002 Tom Cruise film, Minority Report.

Great!Now we not only have pre-emptive wars,but soon to be pre-emptive arrests.At some point,they will just take you from your birth because you have the wrong genetic make-up.:hmmmm:

NOT easy to make a good defense that you weren't thinking what their infallible machine thought you were thinking - or about to think!.....truly frighting stuff and life imitating art, again. :vroam: