THE ability to read people’s minds is less than a decade away, according to a company who is investing heavily in the subject.
Telepathy has always been the stuff of science fiction, but one company is hoping to make it a reality with a wearable MRI machine.
US company Openwater hopes to “create a wearable to enable us to see the inner workings of the body and brain at high resolution”.
The founder of the company, Mary Lou Jepson who is a former engineering executive at Facebook and Oculus, says that the machine is less than 10 years away, and will give humans the chance to know exactly what the person in front of them is thinking.
Ms Jepson told CNBC: “I don’t think this is going to take decades.
“I think we’re talking about less than a decade, probably eight years until telepathy.”
The ambitious company even hopes to have very early prototypes ready for next year.
Ms Jepson added: “I figured out how to put basically the functionality of an MRI machine — a multimillion-dollar MRI machine — into a wearable in the form of a ski hat.”
Current MRI technology allows medical professionals to analyse the brain, and can detect patterns which equate to thoughts or words.
Openwater hopes to make this technology more accessible to everyone.
Ms Jepson explained: “If I threw [you] into an MRI machine right now… I can tell you what words you’re about to say, what images are in your head. I can tell you what music you’re thinking of.
“That’s today, and I’m talking about just shrinking that down.”
She added that it would “literally be a thinking cap”.