Not just yet, at least, because the procedure is pretty invasive and it still has good intentions — but science has now found a way to read your thoughts and translate them into words.
This will be especially helpful with patients who can't speak!
This is just the beginning, as the whole thing needs a piece of the skull to be removed and to have nodes put across areas of the brain (the patients were already getting a procedure that required this, so no worries):
Experiments on 15 patients in the US showed that a computer could decipher their brain activity and play back words they heard, though at times the words were difficult to recognise.
Scientist Brian Pasley enrolled 15 patients to take part. He played each a series of words for five to 10 minutes while recording their brain activity from the electrode nets. He then created computer programs that could recognise sounds encoded in the brain waves.
The brain seems to break sounds down into their constituent acoustic frequencies. The most important range for speech is 1-8,000 Hertz.
But then it was said that some day this could be come as common as replacing a hip, and scanning procedures could become non-invasive.
Which means it might become an app on the iPhone 10 or something. And that's when you should panic.
Don't forget to bring your towel.
[Image via AP Images.]