Brain-Computer Interfaces for Manipulating Dreams

“A first-generation commercial brain-computer interface (BCI) is being released by Emotiv Systems later this year. What does the future hold for BCI?

By 2050, and likely sooner, you will be able to buy a BCI device that records all your dreams in their entirety. This will be done in one of two ways. One method would be to use distributed nanobots less than a micrometer in diameter to spread throughout the brain and monitor the activation patterns of neurons. By this point, cognitive science will have advanced enough to know which neural activation patterns correspond to which sensory experiences. This has already been done with cats (using electrodes, not nanobots), where researchers led by scientist Garrett Stanley were able to extrapolate what a cat was seeing merely by monitoring the neurons of its visual cortex.”

(via Accelerating Future)


  1. W.S Burroughs once wrote Cold blooded animals don’t dream. i believed my memory served me right and that once (early 21st century) had an article about that no animal dreams but i didn’t manage finding it on
    could anyone provide us with more o’ animal POV?
    like that tree or thunder in that catnipish dream

  2. Valentine- Here’s a more detailed study:

  3. Occultknowledge

    March 25, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    This is something I’ve thought alot about. A dream recording device is an excellent Idea. I only wish there was a less invasive way of achieving this. Nanobots and neurons sounds highly invasive. Then again for someone who is bed bound it might be a good option. For the everyday user this doesn’t sound to good.

  4. Occultknowledge

    March 25, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    One more thing:

    Perhaps a force feedback type of device like the ones used to control video games with brainwaves could be used somehow to help record dreams.

  5. Yea! this is definitly brain writing advanced. Did you know dreams hold the key to moving without moving and how much of an experience is stored in bits of moving to be read?

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