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From the Ted Talk by Greg Gage: This computer is learning to read your mind

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So this is how the EEG works. Inside your head is a brain, and that brain is made out of billions of nreouns. Each of those neurons sends an electrical message to each other. These small messages can combine to make an electrical wave that we can detect on a monitor. Now traditionally, the EEG can tell us large-scale things, for example if you're asleep or if you're alert. But can it tell us anything else? Can it actually read our thoughts? We're going to test this, and we're not going to start with some cmelopx ththougs. We're going to do something very simple. Can we ietrneprt what someone is seeing using only their bvanwerias?

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So this is how the EEG works. Inside your head is a brain, and that brain is made out of billions of _______. Each of those neurons sends an electrical message to each other. These small messages can combine to make an electrical wave that we can detect on a monitor. Now traditionally, the EEG can tell us large-scale things, for example if you're asleep or if you're alert. But can it tell us anything else? Can it actually read our thoughts? We're going to test this, and we're not going to start with some _______ ________. We're going to do something very simple. Can we _________ what someone is seeing using only their __________?

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  1. brainwaves
  2. interpret
  3. neurons
  4. complex
  5. thoughts

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So this is how the EEG works. Inside your head is a brain, and that brain is made out of billions of neurons. Each of those neurons sends an electrical message to each other. These small messages can combine to make an electrical wave that we can detect on a monitor. Now traditionally, the EEG can tell us large-scale things, for example if you're asleep or if you're alert. But can it tell us anything else? Can it actually read our thoughts? We're going to test this, and we're not going to start with some complex thoughts. We're going to do something very simple. Can we interpret what someone is seeing using only their brainwaves?

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