For the first time, artificial intelligence can not only analyze human brain waves, but also make them audible again. Researchers read out words and numbers to participants and measured the activity with a brain implant in the hearing centre. This data was then sent to an AI, which compared it with the original spoken words. In this way it learns to evaluate the brain waves and reconstruct the words itself - it can actually read thoughts. Park was initially sceptical: "In the past, there were often systems that analyzed brain waves and functioned according to the principle: Remember to lift your left arm, and the brainwaves registered this way can then remotely control a wheelchair, for example. And this was then sold as mind reading. But what happened here goes one step further. You can actually reconstruct spoken language from brain waves."
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. In a medical first, researchers harnessed the brain waves of a paralyzed man unable to speak -- and turned what he intended to say into sentences on a computer screen. It will take years of additional research but the study, reported Wednesday, marks an important step toward one day restoring more natural communication for people who can't talk because of injury or illness. "Most of us take for granted how easily we communicate through speech," said Dr. Edward Chang, a neurosurgeon at the University of California, San Francisco, who led the work.
This is an Inside Science story. A man paralyzed below the neck can imagine writing by hand and, with the help of artificial intelligence software, use electronics hooked up to his brain to translate his mental handwriting into words at speeds comparable to typing on a smartphone, a new study finds. By helping convert thoughts into actions, brain-computer interfaces can help people move or speak. Recently, scientists have sought to help people with disabilities communicate by using these mind-machine interfaces to move a cursor on a screen to point and click on letters on a keyboard. The previous speed record for typing with such devices was about 40 characters per minute.
The new brain-computer interface enables HB to select letters on a computer screen using her mind alone, spelling out words at a rate of one letter every 56 seconds, to share her thoughts. SAN DIEGO--A wireless device that decodes brain waves has enabled a woman paralyzed by locked-in syndrome to communicate from the comfort of her home, researchers announced this week at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. The 59-year-old patient, who prefers to remain anonymous but goes by the initials HB, is "trapped" inside her own body, with full mental acuity but completely paralyzed by a disease that struck in 2008 and attacked the neurons that make her muscles move. Unable to breathe on her own, a tube in her neck pumps air into her lungs and she requires round-the-clock assistance from caretakers. Thanks to the latest advance in brain–computer interfaces, however, HB has at least regained some ability to communicate.
We've all seen those sci-fi movies where the government can use a small device to read a person's mind, exposing their innermost thoughts. Usually, those films are set in the distant future with space aliens flying around. While we haven't found any aliens yet, mind-reading technology might not be that far off. Thanks to a recent breakthrough, computers have gotten a step closer to being able to read our thoughts. Using deep learning and a speech synthesizer, a team at Columbia University was able to translate brain activity into words.