Words by Abi Scaife
Scientists have been able to decipher a Pink Floyd song from people’s brainwaves.
That’s right. Scientists analysed the brainwaves of 29 people as they listened to a three-minute segment of the song ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ by Pink Floyd, as they underwent surgery for epilepsy.
AI helped to decode the recording and create a reproduction of a portion of the song using the analysed brainwaves.
What does this mean?
The discovery has some great medical applications, including helping to replicate the musicality of natural speech in those with debilitating neurological conditions. If you think of people like Stephen Hawking, who relied on a speech simulator, this discovery could help to lend a more ‘human’ element to voices.
At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.
The Brain Charity. The Brain Charity provides free support for carers, friends and family of people with any form of neurological condition. Support them here.
Beacon. Beacon (formerly known as Findacure) is a UK-based charity that is building a united rare disease community with patient groups at its heart. Support them here.
Sense. Sense helps thousands of people who have complex disabilities to communicate, experience the world and fulfil their potential. Learn more here.