Computer appears to read minds

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are teaching computers how to read minds.

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging on nine subjects, distinct brain patterns associated with 58 different concrete nouns, such as animals, body parts, clothing, vehicles and insects, were identified, the team reported Friday in the journal Science.

They then tested the computer model with two new words, asking it to choose which one the subjects were thinking. The computer was correct 77% of the time. The team is now teaching it to recognize phrases.