Monday, December 12, 2011

Instant Learning - Possible Soon?

Research results, published recently, suggests it may be possible to learn to play a piano or hit a curve ball with little or no conscious effort. Using neuro-feedback technology called functional magnetic resonance imaging to, as the researchers stated, induce brain activity patterns to match a previously known target state. In other words, something very like if not exactly.....instant learning.

From the NSF article:
  • Think of a person watching a computer screen and having his or her brain patterns modified to match those of a high-performing athlete or modified to recuperate from an accident or disease. Though preliminary, researchers say such possibilities may exist in the future.

What is even stranger and a bit unsettling is that in early experiments - subjects that were exposed visually to magnetic resonance imaging feedback to in hopes of improving visual tasks were not even aware they had been "taught" a task.

Read the complete NSF article here IO9 article here


Anonymous said...

Better get ethical people to run this experiment. One can imagine all sorts of hanky-panky here.

Beam Me Up said...

Don't you know it! But that has been the bane of any tech that can influence people. I can remember hearing about subliminal in the late 60s and the hue and cry that sent up. There are those who will put a dollar sign on any hardware/software that even smacks of getting someone to do something they were not inclined to do before. Even as we have this conversation there are people wrangling about how to make a "smart" billboard. This itself from behavioral studies. Oh yes, ethical at the least!