Voices in my head

30May11

A recent article and earlier research describes the work of two neuroscientists who have demonstrated that it is possible to identify the sounds of imagined speech in someone’s brain. The article suggests that soon it will be possible to convert thought into speech.

This has huge potential benefits for people who, due to illness or accident, are unable to communicate. It also has huge implications for society if it will eventually become possible to turn people’s inner voice into a digitised, externally audible monologue.

Haven’t you ever wondered what someone was thinking? But what if you really could find out? (See “Sing the body electric” by Adam Lively, 1993, for some ideas about where this might lead).

Meanwhile I’m exploring the market for tin foil hats.



5 Responses to “Voices in my head”

  1. 1 Mike S

    You’re familiar with the film “Signs”?
    http://www.imdb.com/media/rm833329408/tt0286106

    • Mike – I can’t remember the film…. Do the hats work? I hope so.

      • 3 Mike S

        a) I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you….
        b) errr….I don’t know – haven’t watched it myself – daughter number 1 watched it when she was going through a M Night Shyamalan and/or Joachin Phoenix stage…..

  2. SIze medium for me please!

  3. 5 Ben

    “eventually become possible to turn people’s inner voice into a digitised, externally audible monologue”. A perusal of Twitter will give a good idea where this will lead…..
    I’m not wanting to go there.


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