Artificial Intelligence Can Generate Written Text From Neural Activity During Speech

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Science is the humans’ weapon against their limitations. We are at the top of the evolution’s chain, but it isn’t enough. It couldn’t be, not since we’ve heard about the infinite. Since we’ve been blessed with a conscience, it has been our inherent vice to reach the impossible. And sometimes we’ve felt as if we’ve touched it.

Brain. The medicine’s biggest mystery and yet the ruler of everything that exists. No wonder we end up doing so many wrong things. Is pursuing the development of Artificial Intelligence wrong? Or is it the right thing to do? There are many perspectives, and many of them, although conflicting, seem right.

Why the new AI?

When scientists say that managed to develop AI that can read your brain activity into written text, is that soothing or a bit appalling? Us the civilians, we know too little about this level of technology, and even lesser when it comes to why it is needed. Who would benefit from it?

It is a miracle that humans could make something so godlike—a machine-learning algorithm fed with data from people reading some texts generated written text. The data was collected directly from their brains through electrode arrays previously implanted in their minds to monitor epileptic seizures.

When the implants for monitoring epileptic seizures became available, no doubt, they were an excellent medical outbreak meant to help epilepsy treatment. But, as it turns out, the electrode arrays are useful for other means. What are those means?

Why aren’t science’s goals more transparent?

It might be fun to know that, among the texts, the four participants read while their brains were being monitored, there were sentences such as Tina Turner is a pop singer and Those thieves stole 30 jewels. But where is the line between evolution for the good of humanity and evolution for the sake of human control? Where is the fun when you have to ask yourself this kind of question?

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