Ever had a so good and pleasant dream and wished you could have made a record of it? ONEIROGRAPHY. Yeah, that’s what it’s technically called. I had never been a technical person but this idea had me totally intrigued.
This idea of recording dreams became popular in 1977 through an American – Canadian writer, William Ford Gibson’s short stories and novels. In his trilogy, ‘The Sprawl’, he explores a world of direct mind-machine links and machine intelligence. This trilogy was a huge commercial and critical success. From there on, a number of movies based on this idea and its complex consequences had hit the theaters.
The idea itself is so cool and when we see it in movies it is amazing. Who would have even imagined that it is possible in reality?!
A team of US based scientists are researching into electronically recording and interpreting dreams! The ultimate aim of the lead scientist Dr. Cerf is to develop a system that would enable psychologists to confirm people’s recollection of dreams with an electronic visualisation. The team believes it might be possible given the rapidly developing sensor technology!
Dream analysis is used by psychologists as a tool to understand subconscious minds. So when they have an actual record of the dream, it would open a wide range of possibilities for better diagnosis. It would be possible to read people’s minds when they cannot communicate, such as in a coma.
Let’s say if this research is a success; What would be the application of it in many years from now? People can just think of the flow of an information and have it written before their eyes! This is just a small example and who knows what more could be possible!
As awestruck as I am by this kind of genius minds and their researches, I couldn’t help my mind parallelly going into wild and creepy imaginations! (When visualisation of dream is possible, how far is manipulation? How far is ‘INCEPTION’?!)
Source: Wikipedia, BBC news