What is the thoughts in your head weren’t so secret after all?


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For the very first time Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been used to scan and decode brainwave patterns and then turn those patterns into audible sounds – that are freakily recognisable as you can hear from the video below. And it now means that we can now, literally, listen to the thoughts inside your head.


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Combine this with the ability to stream the imagery associated with those thoughts in your head and play them as a video on the TV, as we’ve also already done, and suddenly you might just realise that sci-fi is dead. And you might now also be realising that even the thoughts in your head in the future aren’t safe – and you’d be right especially as the tech to “at a distance is now also developing at a fast rate.


See how it’s done


In their ground breaking study the team successfully reconstructed what they call the “perceptual experiences from human brain activity and provide insights into the neural representations of sensory experiences.” Or, what I said above.


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Historically reconstructing these arbitrary sounds from the human brain has been avoided because of the complexity of the temporal sequences in those sounds and the limited resolution of neuroimaging technologies like fMRI.

However, while we’ve seen numerous developments recently in Generative Artificial Intelligence (GAI) systems that can take different inputs such as text and turn them into music and assorted sounds this is the first study where the researchers used it to reconstruct sounds from decoded brain waves. And it’s scarily impressive as I think you’ll agree.

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Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin, described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers” and a “Young Kurzweil,” is the founder and CEO of the World Futures Forum and the 311 Institute, a global Futures and Deep Futures consultancy working between the dates of 2020 to 2070, and is an award winning futurist, and author of “Codex of the Future” series. Regularly featured in the global media, including AP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Discovery, RT, Viacom, and WIRED, Matthew’s ability to identify, track, and explain the impacts of hundreds of revolutionary emerging technologies on global culture, industry and society, is unparalleled. Recognised for the past six years as one of the world’s foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an international speaker who helps governments, investors, multi-nationals and regulators around the world envision, build and lead an inclusive, sustainable future. A rare talent Matthew’s recent work includes mentoring Lunar XPrize teams, re-envisioning global education and training with the G20, and helping the world’s largest organisations envision and ideate the future of their products and services, industries, and countries. Matthew's clients include three Prime Ministers and several governments, including the G7, Accenture, Aon, Bain & Co, BCG, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, E&Y, GEMS, Huawei, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Lego, McKinsey, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Samsung, Sopra Steria, T-Mobile, and many more.

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