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Japanese Scientists Have Created AI That Can Read Your Mind
By Yoon Sann Wong, 11 Jan 2018
The more you read about today’s technology, the more you might feel as though episodes from Black Mirror are certainly becoming reality.
As if AI bots that destroy top Dota 2 players weren’t bad enough, Japanese scientists have now created AI that can read a person’s brainwaves, subsequently producing images that correspond to these thoughts. While the technology remains in infant stage, the videos below reveal that fuzzy, but at times identifiable images of the intended graphic can be replicated via the AI.
For instance, if the person is thinking of an owl, the AI can produce its ambiguous graphic equivalent.
Inside the paper Deep image reconstruction from human brain activity, the researchers explain, “Here, we present a novel approach, named deep image reconstruction, to visualize perceptual content from human brain activity.”
Over 10 weeks, scientists showed certain images to human test subjects and documented their brainwaves. Some of these were recorded in real-time, while others were chronicled during recollection. The brain scans were used to “teach” artificial intelligence to decipher the information and “visualize” what the person was thinking about.
“To reconstruct visual images, we first decoded (translated) measured brain activity patterns into deep neural network (DNN) features, then fed those decoded features to a reconstruction algorithm. Our reconstruction algorithm starts from a given initial image and iteratively optimizes the pixel values so that the DNN features of the current image become similar to those decoded from brain activity,” explains the team inside the video’s description of its deep image reconstruction of natural images.
The applications for the technology remain questionable. On the one hand, you could probably use it to accurately and vividly recount dreams or memories, but on the other, there’s the debate over invasion of privacy.
See the technology in action via the videos below.
In other AI news, one startup is out to create digital replicas of every person in the world. If all this reminds you of Black Mirror, it’s not hard to see why. For fans of the show, you’d hopefully know why Black Mirror is called Black Mirror by now. If not, the revelation might leave you astounded, as it did with some of its viewers.
[via The Next Web, videos via KamitaniLab, image via video screenshot]
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