Project may help military read minds
Here’s a mind-bending idea: The U.S. military is paying scientists to study ways to read people’s thoughts.
The hope is that the research could lead to a gadget capable of translating the thoughts of soldiers who suffered brain injuries in combat.
Armed with a $4-million grant from the Army, scientists are studying brain signals to try to decipher what a person is thinking and to whom the person wants to direct the message. The project uses brain-wave-reading technology known as electroencephalography, or EEG, which measures electrical activity through electrodes on the scalp.
The project is a collaboration among researchers at UC Irvine, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Maryland. They hope to develop thought-recognition software -- but that’s years away, said lead researcher Michael D’Zmura, who heads UC Irvine’s cognitive sciences department.