Scientists have invented a mind-reading machine. It doesn’t work all that well.

Neuroscientist Brice Kuhl recently told me something astounding. “We can take someone’s memory — which is typically something internal and private — and we can pull it out from their brains,” said Kuhl, who’s at the University of Oregon. That sounds a lot like … mind reading. So I had to ask: Can you read minds? “Some people use different definitions of mind reading, but certainly, that’s getting close.” Kuhl and his colleague Hongmi Lee recently published a paper in The Journal of Neuroscience with a conclusion straight out of science fiction: Using an MRI, some machine learning software, and a few hapless human guinea pigs, Kuhl and Lee created images directly from memories. Pretty damn close to mind reading. Here’s how something close to mind reading works Sergey Nivens…


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