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DATA OVERLORDS

The human cyborg collecting his memories on video

  • Madis Kabash
By Madis Kabash

Video Fellow

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The first thing Mostafa (Neo) Mohsenvand does every morning when he wakes up is put on a cap that’s wired to sense electrical activity in his brain, attach a phone camera to his chest, and place a signal tracking band on his wrist.

Why?

Neo is part an experiment being conducted at MIT Media Lab to create a machine that can automatically record and retrieve your memories.

The device, called Mnemo, works by collecting physiological signals like heart rate, body temperature, blood oxygen level and electrical activity via the cap. At the same time, Neo records his day on video. At the end of the day, he matches the video to the physiological data to identify emotional spikes.

Mohsenvand said he soon started to notice patterns about himself, like the way he gets nervous when using his phone or how he calms down when he gets home. That’s why Neo thinks Mnemo can eventually develop into an artificial psychologist.

If the device collects enough data from a person’s lifetime, it can diagnose mental disorders by exposing a psychological loop (like pointing out the things that make a person consistently anxious). But the big goal is to build a memory bank big enough to help people with memory loss. Check out Neo’s experiment in the video above.

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