Window into Your Mind

Scientists at UC Berkeley can turn what you see into a digital image.

They developed a way to capture brain activity while someone watches a movie, feed the data into a computer program, and the computer uses the info to reconstruct a digital image on-screen.

OK, it's still a little fuzzy. But they say some day it will allow you to capture your own dreams and watch them on a computer screen—an alternately scary and awesome idea.

Thanks to KCET New Media Director Gary Dauphin for the tip.

The article describing how it's done is at gizmodo.com. You can see another version of the experiment results here on YouTube.

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