AI makes non-invasive mind-reading possible by turning thoughts into text

  • May 1, 2023
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Advance raises prospect of new ways to restore speech in those struggling to communicate due to stroke or motor neurone disease

An AI-based decoder that can translate brain activity into a continuous stream of text has been developed, in a breakthrough that allows a person’s thoughts to be read non-invasively for the first time.

The decoder could reconstruct speech with uncanny accuracy while people listened to a story – or even silently imagined one – using only fMRI scan data. Previous language decoding systems have required surgical implants, and the latest advance raises the prospect of new ways to restore speech in patients struggling to communicate due to a stroke or motor neurone disease.

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