artificial intelligence by Claude J. Easy January 10, 2018
Soon enough there will be no escape. Not even in your mind. There is new artificial intelligence technology that is on the verge of mind-reading capabilities.
The human brains behind this scary ass AI tech are Japanese scientists, Guohua Shen, Tomoyasu Horikawa, Kei Majima, and Yukiyasu Kamitani.
The results of their research released on BioRxiv showed that the possibility of using AI to decode thoughts is an actuality.
But how Sway?
Generating visualizations of what a person is thinking by using machine learning is already poppin’. What’s different about this recent discovery is that the end results aren’t just binary images or simple shapes.
Using AI, these scientists have been able to decode more sophisticated thoughts. Thought images that have multiple layers to them, like that of a flying plane or a creeping green lizard.
Kamitani explained that our brains process visual information by drawing different levels of complex features.
And adding the AI component, which allows computers to detect objects the “hierarchal structure of the human brain,” can be somewhat replicated.
Kamitani told CNBC Make It,
“We have been studying methods to reconstruct or recreate an image a person is seeing just by looking at the person’s brain activity. Our previous method was to assume that an image consists of pixels or simple shapes. But it’s known that our brain processes visual information hierarchically extracting different levels of features or components of different complexities.”
“These neural networks or AI model can be used as a proxy for the hierarchical structure of the human brain.”
Do you want proof? Make sure you can handle the truth.
The 10-month research study tested three subjects showing them 25 different images. The images consisted of shapes, letters, and photographed animals and people.
Each subject’s brain activity was then scanned after grilling each image. Some of the brain activity was recorded while the test subjects were looking at the image and some after.
Members of the study’s brain waves were also measured in memory. This was a huge discovery. Kamitani told CNBC’s Make It:
“Unlike previous methods, we were able to reconstruct visual imagery a person produced by just thinking of some remembered images.”
The scanned brain activity was then decoded by a computer, which then generated visualizations.
There is still a lot more research to be done but this breakthrough is the first step to visualization technology.
With rapid technological advancement in the AI sector, we can expect to see pictures drawn by imagining something, dreams visualized and computerized, visualized hallucinations, and brain-to-machine telepathic communication, in the near future.