According to Fortune, artificial intelligence now has the ability to transform brain signals into speech—a key development for individuals who are unable to speak, as the technology provides a direct route from thought to speech.
But the discovery’s implications go far beyond speech recreation. In addition to recreating the mechanistic parts that comprise speech (direct muscle movement, for example), it decoded brain waves formed during the development of thoughts to create words, 70 percent of which were identifiable. AI, in short, can translate the components that constitute pre-speech.
And experts are already trying to implement new means of direct correspondence through AI technology into the real world. Researchers are testing the use of an electronic mesh, a microscopic system of conductors and components linked directly into the brain and involving actual nerve cells, in animals. Elon Musk’s Neuralink is working on brain-to-computer interfaces that use neural lace technology, or cellular-level structures that allow for the incorporation of microelectrodes into the brain.