Electric Mind – Sweet Trailer Showcases Tech Uniting Mind and Machine

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What's inside The Electric Mind?

Ever wondered if the Matrix could really exist? If Nadav Harel’s latest documentary is any indication, he’s been asking himself the same question. Titled The Electric Mind, the hour long research film from Israel examines the very real modern medical technology that treats the mind simply as a series of signals in the brain. Following the lives of four patients with brain disorders, the documentary seeks to understand how electric manipulation of our minds has progressed so far, and where it might be going soon. We’ve got the trailer for The Electric Mind for you below. It looks simply stunning.

Harel’s documentary seems a little in awe of the brain-based technologies it discusses. I kind of like that. Judging by the trailer and the movie site, The Electric Mind really takes it’s time showing just how far we can reach into your head. That technology really is amazing. Though the resolution is still poor, and the applications limited in power, we continue to understand more about how the human mind works every day. Seeing that progress, it’s natural to ask, where is this all going?

We may forget it from time to time, but technology is slowly slipping inside your brain, not from one direction but many. We have medical diagnostic equipment (like fMRIs and CT scans) that can directly monitor your brain. Researchers are actively trying to decode brain activity into meaningful insight about emotions and behavior. Surface scanning devices, EEGs, have gone commercial – mainly as means for the paralyzed to communicate, but with a wide range of novel applications. Devices like Braingate plug directly into the motor neurons in your brain. All of these technologies have their limitations, but our collective pursuit of a mind-machine interface (for whatever purpose) is accelerating. The XPrize is even on its way to offering a reward for the completion of the next generation of these devices.

It seems likely that the quality of our brain-computer interfaces is going to continue to improve, and that, eventually, we’ll have a much better idea of how to translate activity in our brain. And how to direct it. One day that means we’ll not only be able to “read the mind”, but also write into it. The Electric Mind looks to be a fascinating approach to understanding that day before it arrives. I hope it hits widespread distribution soon (no word on official release dates). Till then I’ll just have to keep watching the trailer.

[media credit: NoProcess Films ]
[source: The Electric Mind]

Discussion — 10 Responses

  • LaboriousCretin July 6, 2010 on 5:15 am

    Very cool to see others doing similar work. I’ve grown to respect the israelis more and more lately for there technology strides, there intelligence gathering, and a few other thing’s they are doing. I guess I’ll have to learn that language next, similar to japanese and there leading the robotic and elderly care, as it is still hard to next to imposable to get to some of the right chine’s stuff, but I feel so lost surfing the china sites at the moment. Korea still has some of the best game players in the world and adapted them to the stock market and such. Australia is doing some cool stuff to for brain research and psychology and BCI BMI tech. Also Germany is doing a lot of drug and tech research at the moment, and british are doing a little for psychology, and France and switzerland made a hot spot for hyper physics and some types of math. Last I looked spain was innovating in nuke clear Power plants and tech, but I haven’t trolled over there in some time now. And as you may see I’m staying away from the social or economic and legal structures from those places. Also china seems to be doing a lot of biochemistry and the so called green tech just like south america areas. I love seeing all the technology grow. I was fortunate to see the pacemaker go from a lab table to book sized box ( which I still have one of the original 3 ) to the credit card sized as seen today. I also have one of the original EKG buffer chips produced, and they are bigger than my fist, but now they are down to SMT sized today. And from hard drives bigger than my current water cooled computers from back then in the 80’s to the new SSD’s of today. Smaller faster and better all within my generation, and I feel lucky to have see it evolve so fast. Back then a BCI BMI was truly science fiction, But soon after IBVA came a wave of hope and new real set of BCI BMI tech like Emotive and neurosky and OCZ NIA. And her in the USA the chips from single core 10Mhz to multi core 6Ghz.+ in liquid nitrogen and helium CPU pot mods, and graphics chips with no physics co processor to multi GPU graphics cards running in SLI modes and multiple pipelines, though we seem to out source most the chip fabrications, and soon to be Q-bit chips with optical pipelines made out of carbon/diamond, and meta materials to bend the light into the different layers of a cube chip. And from watching science fiction like Ghost in the shell, and thinking we are a long way from it, to realizing we are there and just need to make the right interfaces and a few other things like the bio printers to get that reality here and now. Also the brain study’s of motor cortex and the religious god spot, to resonant pocket fields and chemical inductions of specific spots to induce a state or reaction. And then to porting crude dreams and rendering them in a 3D environment like a game engine or sleep analysis, almost as if Tesla saw a part of this in his visions of a mental porting to the screen, maybe he tapped into the quantum sub strait of his mind with his resonance field experiments. I love seeing this tech go from imposable to working and evolving. Just like the rudimentary A.I. to human equivalent A.I. and soon greater than any human could ever be type A.I.. And just like mitochondrial evolving at first to mitochondrial symbiotic. Humans will do the same with A.I. and computers being the symbiotic of us to us being the symbiosis of computers as they evolve past us. Some humans will try to fight it, but like all most any superior intelligence it will have many ways to defend against humans and force a new evolutional state on the human race. Last I leave you with the quote’s from Paul Erdos “A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems.” and “My brain is open.” and last for his is ” God may not play dice with the universe, but something strange is going on with the prime numbers.”. And like a puzzle I will continue to find the pieces I need to put together what I desire, It truly is more than I could dream and experience, but I am fortunate to have seen it in my life time. I just want to see more A.I. work and brain work being done now. Oh and cheaper technology, chemistry, and biology for the masses too. Though I feel weird about leaving my body behind and or killing off the old biological substrate. I hope to see the video or movie soon, and hope that Ray’s movie will come out to be sold soon, so I can see there interpretation of where we actually are to a degree. The shell was nice to be in and a self secured place, but I like to crawl threw others and share some to the right social structures to. I am still uncertain of if I will go back into my shell or not. Sorry for any spelling grammar, as I have always hade dysgraphia, and the dlb dyslexia favoring my math and optical symbols. speaking is truly easier than writing for me. Now back to making the virtual me and my environment specially made for me at first. Just my 2 cents for the kettle,keep up the good work, and better social groupings, as I leave you, and contemplate the last lesson of sun tzu “when you have every thing you may want or need, to be able to leave it all behind, and walk among the normal people again.” echo

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  • LaboriousCretin July 6, 2010 on 1:15 am

    Very cool to see others doing similar work. I’ve grown to respect the israelis more and more lately for there technology strides, there intelligence gathering, and a few other thing’s they are doing. I guess I’ll have to learn that language next, similar to japanese and there leading the robotic and elderly care, as it is still hard to next to imposable to get to some of the right chine’s stuff, but I feel so lost surfing the china sites at the moment. Korea still has some of the best game players in the world and adapted them to the stock market and such. Australia is doing some cool stuff to for brain research and psychology and BCI BMI tech. Also Germany is doing a lot of drug and tech research at the moment, and british are doing a little for psychology, and France and switzerland made a hot spot for hyper physics and some types of math. Last I looked spain was innovating in nuke clear Power plants and tech, but I haven’t trolled over there in some time now. And as you may see I’m staying away from the social or economic and legal structures from those places. Also china seems to be doing a lot of biochemistry and the so called green tech just like south america areas. I love seeing all the technology grow. I was fortunate to see the pacemaker go from a lab table to book sized box ( which I still have one of the original 3 ) to the credit card sized as seen today. I also have one of the original EKG buffer chips produced, and they are bigger than my fist, but now they are down to SMT sized today. And from hard drives bigger than my current water cooled computers from back then in the 80’s to the new SSD’s of today. Smaller faster and better all within my generation, and I feel lucky to have see it evolve so fast. Back then a BCI BMI was truly science fiction, But soon after IBVA came a wave of hope and new real set of BCI BMI tech like Emotive and neurosky and OCZ NIA. And her in the USA the chips from single core 10Mhz to multi core 6Ghz.+ in liquid nitrogen and helium CPU pot mods, and graphics chips with no physics co processor to multi GPU graphics cards running in SLI modes and multiple pipelines, though we seem to out source most the chip fabrications, and soon to be Q-bit chips with optical pipelines made out of carbon/diamond, and meta materials to bend the light into the different layers of a cube chip. And from watching science fiction like Ghost in the shell, and thinking we are a long way from it, to realizing we are there and just need to make the right interfaces and a few other things like the bio printers to get that reality here and now. Also the brain study’s of motor cortex and the religious god spot, to resonant pocket fields and chemical inductions of specific spots to induce a state or reaction. And then to porting crude dreams and rendering them in a 3D environment like a game engine or sleep analysis, almost as if Tesla saw a part of this in his visions of a mental porting to the screen, maybe he tapped into the quantum sub strait of his mind with his resonance field experiments. I love seeing this tech go from imposable to working and evolving. Just like the rudimentary A.I. to human equivalent A.I. and soon greater than any human could ever be type A.I.. And just like mitochondrial evolving at first to mitochondrial symbiotic. Humans will do the same with A.I. and computers being the symbiotic of us to us being the symbiosis of computers as they evolve past us. Some humans will try to fight it, but like all most any superior intelligence it will have many ways to defend against humans and force a new evolutional state on the human race. Last I leave you with the quote’s from Paul Erdos “A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems.” and “My brain is open.” and last for his is ” God may not play dice with the universe, but something strange is going on with the prime numbers.”. And like a puzzle I will continue to find the pieces I need to put together what I desire, It truly is more than I could dream and experience, but I am fortunate to have seen it in my life time. I just want to see more A.I. work and brain work being done now. Oh and cheaper technology, chemistry, and biology for the masses too. Though I feel weird about leaving my body behind and or killing off the old biological substrate. I hope to see the video or movie soon, and hope that Ray’s movie will come out to be sold soon, so I can see there interpretation of where we actually are to a degree. The shell was nice to be in and a self secured place, but I like to crawl threw others and share some to the right social structures to. I am still uncertain of if I will go back into my shell or not. Sorry for any spelling grammar, as I have always hade dysgraphia, and the dlb dyslexia favoring my math and optical symbols. speaking is truly easier than writing for me. Now back to making the virtual me and my environment specially made for me at first. Just my 2 cents for the kettle,keep up the good work, and better social groupings, as I leave you, and contemplate the last lesson of sun tzu “when you have every thing you may want or need, to be able to leave it all behind, and walk among the normal people again.” echo

    3L8D1 23L33T4U2C

  • Laborious July 15, 2010 on 6:54 pm

    Depression hit today as I saw a clip of the movie inception for the second time, but new part. Grrr. Why does hollywood demonize such cool technology? I was just figuring out what evidently they are doing in the movie. Only threw EEG data sets and algorithm set’s. I was just fumbling threw it to and found such. EEG’s can detect mood’s and give other data like frequency states and such. I was looking at it like the “what dreams may come” and a scene I remembered of painted like flowers growing= 1 mood+ state, flowers dieing = the same mood but a – for that state. A algorithm set for pulling out a preset of pallets we/I would have already recording my brain, for rendering the scene’s. Another mood state would morph the direct area the eye focal point was on during REM state, and translated to the 3D environment that is being rendered. Different frequencies for the movement X,Y,Z, and POV ( point of view ) X,Y. I was going for low res due to high res rigging problems I need to learn threw. Mood would basically make leaves on trees and flowers bloom and grow with a + and die or shrivel up with a – value. Also A different mood would render the atmosphere and terrain type in some cases. I left out the other people type renders, as that didn’t fit me any way. building’s came from the algorithm of how we store our memory’s, just like some of the preset scenes we store a certain way in our brain structure. The REM state would be logged and rendered after REM state. Work I feel like the hollywood type has stepped on now, and demonized to a degree. Also with resonant pocket’s 1 could port a EEG set of frequencies to another person and force similar dream states especially if the 2 had similar visual audio mapping pre done and algorithm deciphering of where it/ the memory’s where stored at. 1 could port from one person to the other person with very similar dreams and states of mood in the dreams. Or the thing I thought was cool is a simulation to force a dream, that was programmed before hand. I.E. you could force a specific type of dream and mood state to happen when REM was detected by the computer, and the simulation was started, and resonance was performed on specific pockets of the brain. Also 1 mood was for a morph function of a specific area that the eye detection during REM would track, and that area/ object point would morph. I am slightly disgruntled, or depressed due to finding out hollywood is going to demonize this technology, from the look’s of it. If you have any suggestions please tell me, I will get a dose or 2 of comedy later to try to balance this out, and come back to finish this beast of a project. As I found most just from fumbling threw and playing with the technology, and understanding it so well. Also from no misconceptions of the brain being that special, but more like how I know computer part’s and stuff, and how they all come together with the different functionality’s. Again any support would be nice at this point, as it look’s like hollywood is going to demonize this technology. As you see I see thing’s so differently from most people, And with dyslexia and AS, seeing the clip depressed me, as it seemed to parallel my project and thought’s to a degree.

  • Laborious July 15, 2010 on 2:54 pm

    Depression hit today as I saw a clip of the movie inception for the second time, but new part. Grrr. Why does hollywood demonize such cool technology? I was just figuring out what evidently they are doing in the movie. Only threw EEG data sets and algorithm set’s. I was just fumbling threw it to and found such. EEG’s can detect mood’s and give other data like frequency states and such. I was looking at it like the “what dreams may come” and a scene I remembered of painted like flowers growing= 1 mood+ state, flowers dieing = the same mood but a – for that state. A algorithm set for pulling out a preset of pallets we/I would have already recording my brain, for rendering the scene’s. Another mood state would morph the direct area the eye focal point was on during REM state, and translated to the 3D environment that is being rendered. Different frequencies for the movement X,Y,Z, and POV ( point of view ) X,Y. I was going for low res due to high res rigging problems I need to learn threw. Mood would basically make leaves on trees and flowers bloom and grow with a + and die or shrivel up with a – value. Also A different mood would render the atmosphere and terrain type in some cases. I left out the other people type renders, as that didn’t fit me any way. building’s came from the algorithm of how we store our memory’s, just like some of the preset scenes we store a certain way in our brain structure. The REM state would be logged and rendered after REM state. Work I feel like the hollywood type has stepped on now, and demonized to a degree. Also with resonant pocket’s 1 could port a EEG set of frequencies to another person and force similar dream states especially if the 2 had similar visual audio mapping pre done and algorithm deciphering of where it/ the memory’s where stored at. 1 could port from one person to the other person with very similar dreams and states of mood in the dreams. Or the thing I thought was cool is a simulation to force a dream, that was programmed before hand. I.E. you could force a specific type of dream and mood state to happen when REM was detected by the computer, and the simulation was started, and resonance was performed on specific pockets of the brain. Also 1 mood was for a morph function of a specific area that the eye detection during REM would track, and that area/ object point would morph. I am slightly disgruntled, or depressed due to finding out hollywood is going to demonize this technology, from the look’s of it. If you have any suggestions please tell me, I will get a dose or 2 of comedy later to try to balance this out, and come back to finish this beast of a project. As I found most just from fumbling threw and playing with the technology, and understanding it so well. Also from no misconceptions of the brain being that special, but more like how I know computer part’s and stuff, and how they all come together with the different functionality’s. Again any support would be nice at this point, as it look’s like hollywood is going to demonize this technology. As you see I see thing’s so differently from most people, And with dyslexia and AS, seeing the clip depressed me, as it seemed to parallel my project and thought’s to a degree.

  • Nancy Bennett July 31, 2010 on 6:48 am

    Given the spectacular “fails” of modern medical technology at treating brain-based mental illness with chemicals, I don’t believe I would want any kind of electrical devices being attached to anyone’s brain in the near future. It smacks of “Big Brother”. What’s next, the dream police? Just another way for the mental health industry in this country to drug people out and make them passive and useless. Good way to cut down on the unemployment statistics by making people permanently unemployable therefore out of the job market and so no longer an unemployment statistic. Keep out my brain, Dr. Frankenstein!

  • Nancy Bennett July 31, 2010 on 2:48 am

    Given the spectacular “fails” of modern medical technology at treating brain-based mental illness with chemicals, I don’t believe I would want any kind of electrical devices being attached to anyone’s brain in the near future. It smacks of “Big Brother”. What’s next, the dream police? Just another way for the mental health industry in this country to drug people out and make them passive and useless. Good way to cut down on the unemployment statistics by making people permanently unemployable therefore out of the job market and so no longer an unemployment statistic. Keep out my brain, Dr. Frankenstein!

  • Nancy Bennett July 31, 2010 on 6:55 am

    The guy who posted just above my post above, cannot even spell one-syllable common words, or put together a coherent sentence, yet he wants to mess around in people’s brains! No wonder the medical system in this country is falling apart if that is what “science” has done for his brain (damaged, evidently). I repeat, stay the heck out of my brain. Screw with your own brain if you must, not other peoples! (Looks like somebody already has screwed with yours, or were you born a jibbering idiot?

  • Nancy Bennett July 31, 2010 on 2:55 am

    The guy who posted just above my post above, cannot even spell one-syllable common words, or put together a coherent sentence, yet he wants to mess around in people’s brains! No wonder the medical system in this country is falling apart if that is what “science” has done for his brain (damaged, evidently). I repeat, stay the heck out of my brain. Screw with your own brain if you must, not other peoples! (Looks like somebody already has screwed with yours, or were you born a jibbering idiot?