• Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed an AI system capable of interpreting and reconstructing human thoughts.
• The AI was trained by monitoring test subjects’ brain activity while listening to podcasts, watching short films and imagining telling a story.
• The AI is only able to decode specific user’s brainwaves, meaning it cannot be used to infiltrate individuals without their permission.
Decoding Human Thoughts with Artificial Intelligence
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system capable of interpreting and reconstructing human thoughts in real time. This breakthrough could have implications for blockchain technology and Web3 applications.
Non-Invasive Brain Scanning
The team at Austin circumvented the limitations of current methods for decoding thoughts into words by training a neural network to decode functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) signals from multiple areas of the human brain simultaneously. In conducting this experiment, the researchers had several test subjects listen to hours of podcasts while an fMRI machine non-invasively recorded their brain activity. The resulting data was then used to train the system on a specific user’s thought patterns.
After training, test subjects had their brain activity monitored again while listening to podcasts, watching short films and silently imagining telling a story. During this part of the experiment, the AI system was fed the subjects’ fMRI data and decoded the signals into plain language in real time with approximately 50% accuracy in conveying general ideas being thought about, not exact words being thought.
Fortunately for anyone concerned about having their thoughts infiltrated by AI against their will, this isn’t currently a possibility; this system only functions if it’s trained on a specific user’s brainwaves which requires hours providing fMRI data upfront and thus makes it useless for scanning individuals who haven’t done so without permission.
These recent advances in AI indicate that this technology could have implications for blockchain technology and Web3 applications as we move forward in our understanding of decoding human thoughts non-invasively