Neuroscientists at the University of Toronto Scarborough have developed new artificial intelligence technology that can recreate images based on brain perception—aka, it can legit read your mind. The technology works by using data that is collected by something called an electroencephalography (EEG), which has the capability to read brainwaves in order to digitally recreate images, mainly faces, that are stored in the human mind, a report from Digital Trends explains.
While "mind-reading" technology is not exactly new, this latest development has proved successful in being much more portable, affordable, and more finely detailed than previous methods, such as MRIs. The EEG uses a system of programmed algorithms to read a subject's brainwaves in order to recreate a highly detailed image of what their mind's eye is picturing, and the results are some seriously sophisticated renderings.
Technology is advancing at an unbelievable rate, and these days we're having to come to terms with the fact that real life is starting to emulate episodes of Black Mirror more and more. Most of us are just getting used to the FBI agent watching us through our phone cameras, so mind-reading software shouldn't be that much of a stretch to comprehend.
In truth, this technological breakthrough has the potential to bring new levels of accuracy to things like suspect sketches and even provide new forms of communication for nonverbal individuals. The scientists behind EEG tech are already looking ahead at how they can continue to fine-tune their invention. They hope to study and improve the technology's accuracy and eventually recreate accurate depictions of other objects besides faces as well.
Read the full report on EEG technology on Digital Trends.