AI is the modern revolution that is slowly and steadily changing the world. I know, this has been said a thousand times and more already. But what can we do? The miracles never cease to happen!
In one of our previous posts, we told you how AI could help us talk to animals. In yet another one we brought to you the information about a technology that could help you control tech using your brain (cool, I know).
And today, we are going to tell you about an AI that can translate brain activity into text. So this technology can literally help you in reading minds!
The mind-reading machine
This machine could be a great help for those people who can’t speak or type. This new machine will use brain implants to track what neurons do.
After that, the next step would be the collection of data. An algorithm will then convert the data into a string of numbers. These numbers, in turn, would be translated into a sequence of words by another system.
The amazing thing about this new technology is the accuracy with which it translates the data into text. There was only 3% mistake in sentences for each participant.
And yet surprising thing here is that professional human translators’ error rates are 5%. This means that this AI is more accurate than human professionals are.
The experiment: Translating Brain activity into text
This amazing technology was developed by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco. They revealed their findings in the journal Nature Neuroscience.
The researchers had tested their system on four patients who had brain implants to monitor their epileptic seizures.
They asked the participants to read a few simple sentences aloud. The sentences were rather simple like “Tina Turner is a pop singer” and “the oasis was a mirage”.
Their brain signals were recorded in the system and then decoded into words.
A change for the best
The system is surely a great game-changer in the world of communication. Although not completely perfect yet, the technology can help millions who are challenged in one or other way that prevents them from conveying what they are going through.
The system struggled a few times to convert the words into sentences that made sense. For instance, it translated “those musicians harmonize marvellously” into “the spinach was a famous singer”.
Although these little mistakes were there, this AI is still more accurate than other speech transcription systems at translating brain activity into text.
Another important thing to notice is that this technology is still in its developing phase. Currently, it can only translate when anyone is speaking out loud.
However, since the arrow has been shot, e hope it will the target soon. The prospects are great for this app once it has been upgraded. After further developments, it can help people who can’t communicate verbally.
So hoping for the best, we take your leave. Until next time!