A team of scientists has developed a technique for turning brain activity into words.
Soon, it may be possible to reconstruct conversations — in effect, to read minds. How does it work? Do we even think in words?
UWA linguist Daniel Midgley tells it the old-fashioned way on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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The news reports are kind of breathless about the whole thing:
but the actual article is much more careful (and much more technical).
That’s where I got the sound file of what the brain ‘sounds’ like.
Here’s the early work from the U of Utah team
What do we think in? More about ‘mentalese’.
The algorithm can reconstruct formants. But what’s a formant?
What if we could detect whether someone was thinking about suicide?