AI can use your brainwaves to see things that you can’t

A computer algorithm can use a technique called “ghost imaging” to reconstruct objects from a person’s brainwaves that the person themselves can’t see

Technology 7 July 2022

Man wearing an EEG cap to record brainwaves

An electroencephalogram (EEG) uses sensors on the scalp to record brain activity

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Artificial intelligence can use your brainwaves to see around corners. The technique, called “ghost imaging”, can reconstruct the basic details of objects hidden from view by analysing how the brain processes barely visible reflections on a wall.

Ghost imaging has been used before to reveal objects hidden around corners and normally relies on using video recordings of faint reflections cast by an object onto a nearby wall. Daniele Faccio and Gao Wang at the University of Glasgow, UK, …

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