Digital videos produced from thoughts
As some of us are currently working with videos I thought this could be an interesting and somewhat relevant topic. I mean how much easier would it have been to do the assignment if we only had to think of what we wanted to make and watch the finished product appear on a computer screen? No budget or weather issues, and no need for hours of editing. It may sound like a dream, but apparently it’s not too far off.
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It is currently being researched at UC Berkeley as a way to reconstruct internal imagery into a digital visual format. Although the results so far require the use of expensive equipment and a database of reference videos, it is still a massive leap forward in using the understanding of the human brain. Low quality videos have already been produced using this method, and the technology is sure to keep progressing as time goes by. You can read more about the current research here.
The applications of this technology are huge from the potential use of showing memories or thoughts on screen, to using it in reverse and playing videos completely inside our own heads. It would mean a new age as such in terms of the use of technology for both recreation and for new inventions. I mean fully immersed video games and movies where you are actually able to be inside the world sounds like a great advancement to me.
However this technology could be as much a blessing as a curse as it would lead to the possibility of digital viruses that could be used on the brain, and advanced hackers could potentially be able to see your memories against your will. So although this could open up a vast amount of benefits to society, it would also lead to more problems in the future.
What benefits and problems could you see arising from this new technology if it was ever developed to this level? And what would be your opinion on the use of it?
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I’m sure many sci-fi films have had this theme, but the first thing called to my mind is the classic anime Ghost in the Shell. If you are interested in this topic I highly recommend watching the movie to gain a new appreciation on what this could actually mean in the future.
The link since I can’t figure out how to embed on here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18SYq0kz_78