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Friday, December 12, 2008

Recording our dreams?

In the future, will we be able to record what we see? Will we be able to see our visual thoughts? Will we be able to record our dreams at night, and watch them again when we're awake? Sounds too good to be true, in my opinion, but according to this article:

A Japanese research team has successfully processed and displayed images directly from the human brain, they said in a study to be published in the US magazine Neuron.

While the researchers at the ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories have only reproduced simple images from the brain, they said the technology could eventually be used to display dreams.

On the one hand, that would be pretty amazing... I can be quite astounded by what I see in dreams. However, you often don't have control over what you really see in dreams, so be careful! Don't want to record that weird naughty dream!

And what if you could record your visual thoughts while awake? Could we all turn into instant film directors? That would awesome. Though I'm guessing we don't have the thought capacity to turn out 1080i images...

The article also states:

Firstly they studied people's individual brain patterns by showing them some 400 different still images. They then showed volunteers the six letters in the word 'neuron' and succeeded in reconstructing the letters on a computer screen by measuring their brain activity.

I'd be interested in seeing what would happen when you have a visual feed-back loop... the viewer would then be able to consciously control the images, right? But I'd like to know what the experience might be like... what would it be like to think of a visual scene and then instantly see it? Because then you'd have to process the image again in your brain, and so the scene should be displayed yet again... but something would have to change... I'm wondering if you'd get some kind of weird morphing image, as your other thoughts interfere with what your mind's eye sees... which then effects what you see with your eyes, which effects what your mind's eye sees, etc etc.

Anyway, whether or not this is too good to be true (as I think dream recording is), this has given me a LOT of short story ideas... too bad they're probably all cliche...


  • Reminds me of the 1983 film "Brainstorm" starring Christopher Walken and Natalie Wood. Check it out on IMDB.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:52 PM  

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