Dreaming is a quick escape from reality and helps a lot of people live in an alternative world where they literally make their “dreams” come true but there are nightmares too!
While it sounds great and people enjoy dreaming every time their brain triggers it, an individual could hardly remember what exactly happened as soon as they wake up.
Scientists are now working on a project that would soon enable them to record dreams and play them back to you as videos. You could actually learn a lot about what your subconscious mind thinks when you are not fully in control of your actions. After all, if scientists managed to hack into the human brain and come up with real data, it could help many understand what their inner passion is so that they could take more meaningful real-life decisions.
Dream Catchers – The People Who are Behind Dreams
The research to record dreams and play them back like videos began as early as 2011. The concept is simple and sensible! Your brain plays a vital role and when you dream, it should obviously work, process data and connect it to your dream, right?
That’s what scientists are after, trying to identify the part of the brain that is active even when you are asleep and allow you to create a vivid reality that feels so real yet vanishes in milliseconds once you wake up. A group of researchers from the University of California were the first who tried to make people watch movie trailers and recreated what they saw as low resolution visual representations.
The experiment continued in 2016 and according to Martin Dresler, a sleep scientist, in theory they should be able to record dreams because it is stored in some part of the brain. The complexity lies in the fact that researchers are yet to identify the exact region in a human brain where everything is stored. Yukiyasu Kamitani, a neuroscientist at the University of Kyoto concluded that when neuroscience and computer science meet at a shared point, they should be able to decipher dreams.
The Answer Lies with Lucid Dreamers
If you have watched the movie Inception, you are probably enticed by the idea of being able to dream while knowing that you can control the outcome of every scenario. Lucid dreamers will contribute a major share to help researchers find how the mind functions while they are in dreams.
Through repeated research, a team from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has managed to confirm that the “posterior cortical hot zone” is responsible for a person’s dream when asleep. The particular area which usually has a low frequency was found to be emitting high frequency signals when dreaming and it is one strong step towards being able to record dreams.
Lucid dreamers are the golden duck for scientists and in Dresler’s study, the team was able to give commands to lucid dreamers by asking them to clench or unclench their fists. As they were quite aware that they were in their dreams, the people were able to follow these commands and that served as a sign to find when a person is actually dreaming. The cue made it easier to monitor brain activities at the exact moment and find the most active region.
Big Data of Dreaming and Hacking into Your Brain
Every research experiment has its fair share of potential threats. A scientist named Kamitani with his team used powerful artificial intelligence algorithms to crack the code and find brain functions to understand movements within a dream. The team documented keywords, took inputs from dreamers and formed patterns so that they could categorize how it works. The goal is to generate images and let everyone know what you might have personally experienced in a fictional world.
There comes the issue of creating a big data full of dream sequences and potentially third parties, like companies, hacking into your private dreams. What if they choose to start showing advertisements? What if the government wants to use dream hacking to interrogate suspects?
While scientists are yet to break the code to that level, they will eventually reach there in a decade or so. You might be able to use dreams to train and acquire new skills, learn to fight or interact socially if data about dreams is readily available for your perusal in the real world. The possibilities are endless but there’s going to be a considerable wait time until you could see what you do subconsciously when asleep.