Tivo-ing Your Dreams

I just read the most amazing thing at Pink Tentacle

Researchers from Japan’s ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories have developed new brain analysis technology that can reconstruct the images inside a person’s mind and display them on a computer monitor, it was announced on December 11. According to the researchers, further development of the technology may soon make it possible to view other people’s dreams while they sleep . . .

For now, the system is only able to reproduce simple black-and-white images. But Dr. Kang Cheng, a researcher from the RIKEN Brain Science Institute, suggests that improving the measurement accuracy will make it possible to reproduce images in color.

Wow. I’ve thought so many times how cool it would be to have some kind of recorder that I could plug in and record my dreams or thoughts as I’m falling asleep at night and then be able to review them in the morning. I always have these great ideas (or so I think) as I’m drifting off to sleep – then I can never remember them when I wake up.

I know that this is also sort of freaky – I mean if someone really had the technology to record images from a person’s brain, I’m sure there are lots of terrible things that technology could be used for. But seriously, don’t humans pretty much figure out horrible uses for everything?

Some of the comments after the article cracked me up too. I liked the one where someone advised wearing tinfoil hats if you don’t want your mind read. I also love the one where someone is saying the government has been reading your mind with this technology for years, but my all time favorite one was this one, “I bet this doesn’t [work] on girls… it’s completely impossible to determine what they’re really thinking!”