See Your Dreams Onscreen

December 11, 2008

WTF!?  This is terrifying.  The researchers at the ATR Computationan Neurosciences Laboratories have managed to create a thinking cap of sorts with a science-fiction-y number of wires crawling out of it that reads your brain. It looks like the collander hat they make Rick Moranis wear in GhostbustersUsing it, they have managed to reconstruct single images from the brain.  Granted, the images in this design are simple shapes, but how much longer can it possibly be until that image is of you naked at the exam you’re late for?

Chuck Klosterman, in Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, poses an interesting question regarding this type of technology:

At long last, someone invents “the dream VCR.” This machine allows you to tape an entire evening’s worth of your own dreams, which you can then watch at your leisure. However, the inventor of the dream VCR will only allow you to use this device of you agree to a strange caveat: When you watch your dreams, you must do so with your family and your closest friends in the same room. They get to watch your dreams along with you. And if you don’t agree to this, you can’t use the dream VCR. Would you still do this?