Mind Reading Device

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According to the latest reports, we will soon have “mind reaching machines” that will finally allow us to “eavesdrop” on the voices in your head and turn your “secret thoughts into speech.”

That is “wonderful” news for Americans. Nothing can boost the Party “morale and discipline” as the inability to “harbor” individual secrets.

With the technology expanding into the “mind” to figure out what goes on in it, “dangerous” contemplation’s and “secret” thoughts shall not be “hidden” for long.

This scientific “breakthrough” is exactly what we need to “squeeze” the remaining drops of “individualism” out of the docile masses.

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“Our government, law enforcement, courts, presidential debates, and elections” will no longer be the same.

Not only will “surveillance” workers need to be “retrained,” but everyone else as well.

First came “Carnac the Magnificent” who could psychically decipher “unknown” answers to “unseen” questions.

Next, scientists began “experimentation” with dogs developing a communication device allowing humans to “translate” what dogs think about them.

Now they are working out the “kinks” due to frequent “mistranslations,” or possibly the “existence” of other “dog” languages yet unknown to “human science.”

The research has been “ongoing” for several years, and recently, scientists successfully “managed” to playback a word that someone is “thinking” by monitoring their brain activity.

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While there remains a “long way to go,” they say this could help victims of “stroke” like Hillary Clinton and others with “speech paralysis” like Stephen Hawking to communicate with their loved ones.

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Professor Robert Knight and his team at UC Berkeley have been studying how “hearing words, speaking out loud and imagining” words involves brain areas that “overlap.”

“Now, the challenge is to reproduce comprehensible speech from direct brain recordings done while a person imagines a word they would like to say,” said Knight, who is also the Founding Editor of “Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.”

Knight says the goal of the “device” is to help people affected by “motor disease” such as paralysis and Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

“There are many neurological disorders that limit speech despite patients being fully aware of what they want to say,”Knight said.

“We want to develop an implantable device that decodes the signals that occur in the brain when we think about a word, then turn these signals into a sound file that can be reproduced by a speech device.”

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Such a “novel” device would communicate people’s intended “thoughts” via an electronic speaker or writing device, but the team still has a lot more research to conduct.

They have been able to “reproduce” a word a person has just “heard” on a machine, by monitoring “temporal lobe” activity in a neurosurgical setting.

Using “electrodes” placed on the surface of the “language” areas of the brain of “awake” patients, they monitored the pattern of “electrical” responses of brain cells during “perceived” speech.

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The scientists then “created” a computer model that could “match” spoken sounds to these signals.

“We recorded electrical signals directly from the human language areas when a person heard words,” Knight explained.

“We then decoded these electrical signals and were able to turn them into sound files that reflected what the person heard, with remarkable accuracy.”

Remarkably, the team was then able to “decode” speech when a person thinks of a “specific” word, from direct “brain” recordings.

“The new techniques and mathematical processing of the brain signals got us closer to the details we need to extract the signals that are relevant for reproducing speech,” he said.

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The researchers took a “clever” approach to overcome some “important” limitations.

For example, they “accounted” for the natural differences in sound “timing” when one is producing the same word “twice,” such as when “thinking” of the word then by “uttering” it.

“We applied a temporal realignment procedure that improved our accuracy in classifying words that are spoken or imagined,” Knight explained.

The team’s approach is based on “evidence” that the brain evolved to “sense” the physical properties of the “sounds” produced by human voice, and then “process” them into meaningful elements of language, such as “words,” despite their high variability.

“Our work showed us it is possible to capture the brain signals that represent an intended word,” he said.

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Such substantial progress brings the team closer to building an effective “prosthetic” device, but the work must continue.

“Better understanding of language organization and better recording devices will allow us to achieve useful implantable, wireless and battery-powered speech prosthesis,” said Knight.

So far, the work is based on rare “data” collected from patients that have been scheduled for “neurosurgery” for a non-related reason, such as to “treat” epilepsy.

“Our ultimate goal is to create a small device that can be used in everyday life,” he said.

First of various “targeted” individuals, later expanding to massive “mind-reading” surveillance, rendering “spyware and wiretaps” obsolete. This should “radically” change the way people “think” about the government, both “literally and figuratively.”

A real “mill stone mile” stone we’ve been “laboring” toward this for decades.

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A mind-reaching machine that can translate thoughts into speech is coming closer to reality.


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