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Brain Scanning Gets Scary

Sunday 8th January 2017

Brain Scanning

The ability to scan details of the brain is a common theme of both science fiction and also modern medicine’s wish list. So just how likely is it that we will be able to do that any time soon?

 

Check out this image captured by a project focused on capturing the Wiring Diagram of the Brain.

 

MRI Brain Activity Scan

MRI Brain Activity Scan

Well in June 2016 researchers showed that they could uniquely identify a person with 99% confidence based purely on their brain scan. This uses newly developed magnetic resonance imaging equipment that has come out of the Human Connectome Project and can also show the following:

 

  • how you will perform on an IQ test
  • how you will perform on a memory task
  • how you will perform on a reading task

 

That seems pretty specific.

 

What we have learnt is that while we are all unique, there are some common elements we can use to define capabilities. We are still a long way from Gattaca and I am OK with that.

 

Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development, focusing on products that are intended to be Made In Australia. Ray Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for more than 30 years. This post is Copyright © 2016 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.

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