Thoughts- to- Speech Translation Technology Developed by Scientists

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Technology has taken an unprecedented dimension with the dvelopment by Neuro-Engineers, of a system that reads human thoughts and translates them into recognisable speech.
The technology is called  ‘vocoder’; a category of voice codecs that analyse the human voice for audio data compression by being trained on recordings of real speech. The technology is said to have the ability to construct or reconstruct words with “unprecedented clarity” by monitoring brain signals and also laying the groundwork for helping people with speech defects.
According to the lead researcher Nima Mesgarani, “losing the power of one’s voice due to injury or disease is so devastating. With today’s study, we have a potential way to restore that power”.
“We’ve shown that, with the right technology, these people’s thoughts could be decoded
Following series of tests with patients who couldn’t speak,
 “the vocoder…represented the sounds the patients had originally listened to with surprising accuracy,”Mesgarani said, of patients who earlier couldnt speak and underwent various tests.
“In this scenario, if the wearer thinks ‘I need a glass of water,’ our system could take the brain signals generated by that thought, and turn them into synthesized, verbal speech.
Speaking further, Mesgarani said, “This would give anyone who has lost their ability to speak, whether through injury or disease, the renewed chance to connect to the world around them.”
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