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Ever had trouble putting your thoughts on to paper? Now there could soon be a computer that can do that for you.

Scientists believe they have created what could be the first mind-reading computer that can put thoughts into words, the Daily Mail reported.

The computer uses a program that reads brain activity, and could be a godsend for people with speech impairments due to stroke or degenerative disease.

The breakthrough came about after scientists planted electrodes in brain surgery patients, monitoring activity in the temporal lobe, the part which takes care of speech and images.

They then gave the 15 patients a series of sentences to listen to, and a computer program analysed how the brain interpreted and then reproduced those messages.

Scientists believe the program could observe and report what patients were planning to say next.

Robert Knight, professor of psychology and neuroscience, said: “This is huge for patients who have damage to their speech mechanisms because of a stroke or Lou Gehrig’s [motor neurone] disease and can’t speak.

“If you could eventually reconstruct imagined conversations from brain activity, thousands could benefit.”

The findings, released in the journal PLoS Biology, could take mind reading to “a whole new level”.

Co-author Brian Pasley said there was potential for an interface that could read the signals the brain was producing and then replicate them as words using some kind of interface device.

He told ABC News: ‘This study mainly focused on lower-level acoustic characteristics of speech. But I think there’s a lot more happening in these brain areas than acoustic analysis’.


About Mohammad

Dr Mohammad Khazab completed his Ph.D. in Computer Systems Engineering (Artificial Intelligence) at the University of South Australia in 2011. He has worked as Senior Software Engineer, Web Developer, and Research Associate on various projects. Currently he works at Schneider Electric on the design and development of new software solutions for smart devices used for home automation and Internet of Things. He's also been working on enterprise software for supply chain network simulation and optimisation, advanced planning and scheduling. In his spare times, In his spare times, he works on creating websites and mobile applications (Web2day Design), researching and writing about cutting-edge technologies in this blog. He has ambitions to solve real-world problems, and to use his knowledge and skills to develop useful applications.

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