It seems that the hi-tech gadget industry is exploding these days. For instance, an AI company is now able to control your dreams. Check out the latest reports about this below.
AI company helps people control their dreams
In March, Eric Wollberg and Wesley Berry met and discovered they shared a fascination with using brain imaging tools to explore consciousness and thought patterns. Wollberg was interested in using lucid dreams for this purpose, while Berry was working on a project with musician Grimes to translate neural signals into art.
They decided to co-found a tech startup called Prophetic, which is developing a wearable device that uses focused ultrasound signals to stabilize lucid dreams.
This headband-like device is the first of its kind in the world. Lucid dreams happen when a person who is sleeping becomes aware that they are in a dream and can sometimes control aspects of it.
A startup has secured $1.1 million in funding with the participation of a16z’s Scout Fund and led by BoxGroup, the venture capital fund known for being the first to invest in fintech company Plaid.
Prophetic, the startup, partnered with Card79 to create the “Halo,” a noninvasive device prototype. Interestingly, Card79 also designed and built hardware for Elon Musk’s brain-computer interface company, Neuralink.
Prophetic’s hardware venture comes at a time when several artificial intelligence companies are investing in devices or wearables.
Humane AI, founded in 2017 by former Apple employees, recently debuted its AI Pin wearable on the runway during Paris Fashion Week. Additionally, famed iPhone designer Jony Ive and OpenAI’s Sam Altman are reportedly discussing an AI hardware project.
The CEO and chief technology officer of Prophetic, Wollberg and Berry respectively, plan to present a semi-working prototype later this month or early November. However, the full test of the prototype will have to wait until the third or fourth quarter of 2024.
This is after the completion of a yearlong study on brain imaging, conducted in partnership with the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, which is part of Radboud University in the Netherlands.
Prophetic is a modern-era tech startup with lofty dreams of understanding consciousness, comparable to OpenAI. Their LinkedIn page reads,
“Prometheus stole fire from the gods, we will steal dreams from the prophets.” Even though they plan to ship devices starting in spring 2025, they are still a long way from fulfilling their promises, with a year to go before a fully working prototype.
The phenomenon of lucid dreaming has been a source of fascination for both the general public and the neuroscience community for many years.
It has even made its way into popular culture, with references in movies like “The Matrix” and “Inception”, as well as a thriving community of over 500,000 members on Reddit (r/LucidDreaming).
While research on the subject dates back to the 1970s, recent developments in cognitive neuroscience have renewed interest in the topic.
We suggest that you check out the original article in order to learn more details about the matter.