A radical new computer program can decode people’s thoughts almost in real time, researchers have claimed.

They were able to predict what people are seeing based on the electrical signals coming from electrodes implanted in their brain – and say it could allow ‘locked in’ patients to communicate.

The decoding happens within milliseconds of someone first seeing the image, and had better than 95 percent accuracy, the scientists said.

‘We were trying to understand, first, how the human brain perceives objects in the temporal lobe, and second, how one could use a computer to extract and predict what someone is seeing in real time?’ said University of Washington computational neuroscientist Rajesh Rao.

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