Thursday, April 15, 2010

Machine Mind Readers, Hope for the senile

"Surprisingly, just by looking at the data on the brain, we can predict exactly where they (respondents) are located. In other words, we can 'read' spatial memory (with respect to space) they are," said Eleanor Maguire of the Wellcome Trust Center for neuroimaging, University College London, told reporters.

This discovery opens the possibility for the development of machine memory reader, although Maguire assess the risk of chaos mind reading can still occur.

Nevertheless, he believes the discovery, reported in the journal Cell Biology Research will assist the development of memory disorders, such as in Alzheimer's disease with irradiation of light to determine how the memory storing a large brain area.

Maguire and colleagues used a technology known as functional magnetic resonance imaging "or fMRI brain regions that highlight these areas as active.

By scanning the human brain, such as playing computer games in virtual reality, scientists can measure the activity of neurons (nerve cells) in the brains of certain large (hippocampus), a brain area called crucial for navigation and memory.

This research paved the way for the analysis of how other thoughts, including a more complete memory of the past or the future of visualization, recorded in the nerve cells.

That means that the use of fMRI for forensic examination overall memory and mind open the possibility of ethical issues.

This technology only works on willing volunteers and researchers Demis Hassabis assess this technology still requires at least 10 years before it was possible to be applied.

"It takes a long time before such technology became possible implied that you could read someone's mind in one brief period when such thoughts did not kooper
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