Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Virtual Dream

PostedSeptember 28, 2014

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Anchor Lead: Last week we reported on a team of researchers developing software for a virtual brain. It can be used for science and medicine…but, it turns out, also for art.

Randy Atkins: The researchers have created a group experience in which people’s brain signals are sent to that virtual brain software…which uses them to drive an audio-visual simulation of a dream, created with artistic videos projected on the inside a large dome and accompanied by live improvised music.

Randy McIntosh: And as the dream sequence unfolds it changes their brain waves and their brain waves then change the dream sequence as well.

Randy Atkins: Randy McIntosh, at the University of Toronto, says more than five-hundred people strapped on E-E-G head gear to participate the virtual dream experience last year…in what was also a mass data-gathering session.

Randy McIntosh: A lot of what happens in science right now, particularly neuroscience, is done in a lab situation which, by necessity, is well-controlled. But it also isn’t really how our brains typically work.

Randy Atkins: McIntosh says such simultaneous mass brain readings can provide unique insights about brain function and learning. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.