And yes, these are actually visual scans of what the mind saw while watching movie content using a special (MRI) imaging technique, together with other computational modeling. In other words, it shows that reading a brain is possible with machines. As Professor Jack Gallant, a UC Berkeley neuroscientist and coauthor of the study published online in the journal Current Biology said,“We are opening a window into the movies in our minds.”
Curiously, back in the 80′s, Christopher Walken and Natalie Wood starred in a movie called “Brainstorm,” a sci-fi, in which the two brilliant researchers developed a system of recording and playing back the actual experiences of people which, ultimately, in the movie goes terribly wrong. Here’s a one-minute clip from that early movie
But, back to reality: While this research is an exciting step towards recreating moving pictures from internal imagery, the fully realized technology is still a distant goal. We now know, however, it’s within grasp. According to the study, one day we might someday be able to capture dreams and memories that exist only in our minds, or utilize the technology to help stroke or coma victims.
And that’s probably just the beginning!
To see the actual research movie clip go here: