Scientists in Japan have made a breakthrough while venturing into uncharted territories of the human mind, creating the first mental images of landscapes and objects in the world through AI.
Researchers have termed this technology ‘brain decoding.’
This is a groundbreaking achievement, where they used sophisticated technology to achieve the revolutionary feat. The team of scientists set this benchmark while collaborating with the National Institutes for QST (Quantum Science and Technology) and other established research institutions.
The team successfully produced vivid images, including a detailed depiction of a leopard. It had identifiable features like the ears, and mouth, along with its spotted pattern.
Going beyond the conventional perception of imaging, it offers a glimpse into the visual manifestations of human thoughts. The scientists also produced AI-generated images of inanimate objects like an airplane with red lights on the wings.
What’s the Approach?
The researchers used an approach that involves visualizing objects based on the brain’s activity. This opens up the scope of applying this technology in sectors like welfare and medicine.
During the study, participants were exposed to 1,200 images that included landscapes and objects. Next, they evaluated the correlation between their brain signals and the visual stimuli.
The functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology was used for quantifying them. The scientists then fed the collected data to generative AI that facilitated the creation of intricate images mirroring the brain activities of the objects.
Humans have used microscopes and other devices to view a world that was invisible to the naked eye, but they have not been able to step inside a person’s mind.Kei Majima, a researcher from QST
In addition to focusing on the historical significance of this breakthrough, Majima also stated that this technology will help humans explore the complexities in the mind of another person.
The ‘Brain Decoding’ Technology Can Decode The Mysteries of the Human Brain
The findings, recently published in the online version of the scientific journal Neural Networks, are a massive step forward in deciding the mysteries of the human brain. In the past, other studies have demonstrated how images can be reconstructed using fMRI.
However, this novel approach leaps forward and takes researchers beyond the previous limitations. It encompasses a wider range of visual information beyond simple alphabetical letters.
Medical diagnostics and communication technology are among the leading fields that are likely to benefit from this breakthrough.
The credit for developing innovative technology goes to the team of Japanese researchers. It not only quantifies brain activity but also uses predictive techniques and generative AI to recreate complex objects.
Following this scientific breakthrough, the technology can further help in the development of advanced communication devices. It will also foster a deeper understanding of the mechanisms on which dreams and hallucinations are based.
As researchers explore uncharted territories of the mind’s canvas, it paves the way for unprecedented possibilities in neuroscience and technology.
Source : TechReport