Neuroengineers at Columbia University have successfully converted human neural activity into synthesized speech. Led by Dr. Nima Mesgarani, their method involved training a deep-learning algorithm to interpret and synthesize the neural patterns of test subjects. Doing so, they were able to “reconstruct the words a person hears with unprecedented clarity.”
Japanese scientists, led by Professor Yamazaki Toshimasa at the Kyushu Institute of Technology, may have taken one more step toward the creation of a mind-reading computer.
Last year, scientists were able to use magnetic resonance imaging (or fMRI) to pull moving images from our minds. Now, they’ve been able to decode words.