Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

12/10/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

New methods could have benefits for diabled persons, but also come with a threat.

A study by scientists at Stanford University  has yielded new knowledge about the brain that could eventually be used to read thoughts. The study revealed that precise centers of the brain were activated when patients were asked to think particular thoughts of perform calculations.

Mind reading is becoming a reality as new research provides improved understanding to how the brain works.

Mind reading is becoming a reality as new research provides improved understanding to how the brain works.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/10/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Stanford, mind reading, brains, applications, control


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Hooking up seizure patients to brain monitoring equipment and putting them through tests has yielded hard data which reveals that high-specialized clusters of cells in the brain are employed to perform calculations and other functions. By mapping the brain and knowing what clusters are activated for various tasks, researchers come a step closer to actually reading thoughts.

"We're now able to eavesdrop on the brain in real life," said Josef Parvizi, MD, PhD, associate professor of neurology and neurological sciences and director of Stanford's Human Intracranial Cognitive Electrophysiology Program. As the lead author of the study, which was published in the journal, Nature Communications, Parvizi's work reveals that "mind reading" applications could be developed based on the work.

For the doctors, the mind reading they contemplate consists of creating prosthetic devices that could be precisely controlled by thought. However, they acknowledged that the technology could be developed that would permit people to read minds.

According to The Almagest, "Henry Greely, JD, the Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law and steering committee chair of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, who played no role in the study but is familiar with its contents and described himself as 'very impressed" by the findings. It demonstrates, first, that we can see when someone's dealing with numbers and, second, that we may conceivably someday be able to manipulate the brain to affect how someone deals with numbers. this is exciting, and a little scary.'"

What's especially different this time is the technique the study used to obtain their results. Previous studies used magnetic resonance imaging, which is limited in its ability to obtain detailed results. In the current study, doctors actually removed a portion of the skull in patients heads and hooked them to electrodes for one week. The patients were all being evaluated for seizures and consented to the study.

During their week of monitoring, patients were asked to complete tasks which required them to either do nothing or to complete simple calculations and answer true and false questions.

Researchers found that very specific areas of the brain were activated when subjects did calculations. In fact, when the calculation indicated a value such as "more" or "greater than" the same spot was activated.

Knowing where specific thoughts and ideas reside in the brain can allow researchers to develop tools to actually read thoughts. As particular clusters of cells activate, they indicate specific types of thoughts. While researchers may not be able to discern specific words and phrases yet, the ability to tell generally what a person is thinking could be valuable.

Of course, it could also be abused, use for interrogation, or even to implant thoughts in another person's mind.

Parvizi said he agreed with this fear in his interview with The Almagest. "We're still in early days with this," he explained. "If this is a baseball game, we're not even in the first inning. We just got a ticket to enter the stadium."

A birth foretold: click here to learn more!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for June 2015
Universal:
That immigrants and refugees may find welcome and respect in the countries to which they come.
Evangelization: That the personal encounter with Jesus may arouse in many young people the desire to offer their own lives in priesthood or consecrated life.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Technology

Hundreds of iPhone users hit with worrisome 'blue screen of death' Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Complaints have piled up against Apple iPhones, reaching social media, after several iPhones of various models were hit by the "blue screen of death" just before rebooting without any notice. The random occurrences became somewhat of an outbreak, after people revealed ... continue reading


Samsung's amazing new technology promises to help lower car accident fatalities Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Traffic accidents are horrifying and in an effort to prevent road accidents involving trucks, Samsung has introduced its new product, the "Safety Truck." The common response of drivers annoyed by a blocked view of a slow running big truck is they want to get ahead, but ... continue reading


Tokyo's Lexus creates levitating hoverboard -- A reality? Or another hoax? Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

You may find it hard to believe, but a working model for a hoverboard is actually here. The Tokyo branch of Lexus in Japan has developed a model for the hoverboard. It seems to act like magic - at least for now - as the hoverboard promises to carry a person using ... continue reading


Facial recognition technology taking over the world, even APPEARING IN CHURCHES Watch

Image of Facial recognition technology can identify you, even if you're not completely facing a camera.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Companies and events are utilizing facial recognition technology to identify a person's face, even if the face is partially hidden. Facebook uses their vast facial recognition database, which can recognize a face even when it's hidden. Google's new Photos app can now ... continue reading


Strange new COCKROACH ROBOT squeezes through impenetrable gaps Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley have created a robot based on a cockroach. The new technology is so innovative; it is hard not to find yourself stunned to witness the cockroach bot escape into an extremely miniscule gap. MUNTINLUPA, ... continue reading


Extra-terrestrial life exists - but not at Area 51 Watch

Image of There is life on other planets - but there are no little green men hiding out at Area 51, according to NASA Administrator Major Charles Bolden.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

There is life on other planets - but there are no little green men hiding out at Area 51, according to NASA Administrator Major Charles Bolden. He was on hand to greet a crowd of curious British schoolchildren, and said that there are so many planets like our ... continue reading


Is there water - and life on Europa, one of Jupiter's moons? Watch

Image of Jupiter is about 390 million miles from Earth when the two planets are at their closest.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Europa, one of Jupiter's larger moons, and is approximately the size of Earth's moon. Many astronomers say the moon has the greatest potential for life in our solar system. To this end, NASA is planning a more in-depth study and mission to this mysterious ... continue reading


Is a 706 MPG car possible? BMW hopes of creating stunning new electric car Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Several months after the release of BMW's i8 hybrid sports car, rumors are circulating about a new model. According to the rumors', the German automaker is currently focusing on the development of a more efficient model than the previous i8. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES ... continue reading


'Jurassic World' creates fear of bioengineered animals in real life Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"Jurassic World," the fourth installment of Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park", took takes place on Isla Nubar. Fans will remember that Isla Nubar was where the first "Jurassic Park" movie took place, 22 years ago. "Jurassic World" showcases a world where dinosaurs ... continue reading


HALF HUMAN? Google engineer predicts humanity will be hybrid - by 2030's Watch

Image of By the time we get to the late 2030s or the early 2040s, Ray Kurzweil believes our thinking will be predominately non-biological . man becoming machine.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Google engineer and scarily accurate futurist Ray Kurzweil sees human consciousness gradually becoming part of an immense cloud and that humans will be able to "back up their brains" as a result. While this seems fantastical and hard to believe, Kurzweil ... continue reading


All Technology News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 12:1-11
1 It was about this time that King Herod started ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
2 I will praise Yahweh from my heart; let the humble ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 16:13-19
13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi ... Read More

Reading 2, Second Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18
6 As for me, my life is already being poured away as ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for June 29th, 2015 Image

St. Peter, First Pope
June 29: Simon Peter or Cephas, the first pope, Prince of the Apostles, ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter