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Forget typing: Computers that can read your MIND and convert your thoughts into text are on their way

By Abigail Beall For Mailonline
05:59 EDT 26 Oct 2016 , updated 21:54 EDT 26 Oct 2016
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Computers could soon be able to decode your thoughts into actual speech
This is according to a review article, which looked at different techniques
Methods include fMRI and near infrared imaging that detect neural signals
But one method, called electrocorticography, seems the most promising
Voice-recognition technology can be useful for dictating text when you have no way of typing.

But computers could soon be able to decode your thoughts into actual speech or written words, without you even saying a word.

This kind of technology sounds like science fiction, but there are a variety of ways scientists are edging towards making it a reality, according to a new review.

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Computers could soon be able to decode your thoughts into actual speech or written words, without you even saying a word. This kind of technology sounds like science fiction, but there are a variety of ways scientists are edging towards making it a reality, according to a review
COMPUTER CAN TELL WHO YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT 

Reading minds is an ability only found in comic book heroes.

But new research has revealed that computers can now analyse brain scans and work out who a person is thinking about. 

The AI system can even create a digital portrait of the face in question.

Researchers at the Kuhl Lab at the University of Oregon used an innovative form of fMRI pattern analysis to test whether lateral parietal cortex actively represents the contents of memory. 

Using a large set of human face images, the first extracted latent face components, known as eigenfaces. 

Then machine learning algorithms were used to predict face components from fMRI activity patterns and reconstruct images of individual faces in digital portraits.   

Computers that can read our minds might enhance the capabilities of already existing speech interfaces with devices, like Siri and Ok Google.

But it could be even more important for those with speech difficulties, and even more so for patients who lack any speech or motor function at all.

‘So instead of saying “Siri, what is the weather like today” or “Ok Google, where can I go for lunch?” I just imagine saying these things,’ said Christian Herff, author of a review recently published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

Reading someone’s thoughts might still belong to the realms of science fiction, but scientists are already decoding speech from signals generated in our brains when we speak or listen to someone talking.

In the new study, Mr Herff and co-author Dr Tanja Schultz, both from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, compared the pros and cons of using various brain imaging techniques to take neural signals from the brain and decode them to text.

There are a variety of technologies out there, the authors said, including functional MRI and near infrared imaging that detect neural signals based on the metabolic activity of neurons.

Another method can detect electromagnetic activity of neurons responding to speech. 

But there was one method in particular, called electrocorticography, which stood
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