Real-time, real-world analysis of interpersonal communication

A tool that can reliably augment real-time, real-world interpersonal communication will profoundly change our understanding of human psychology for the better.

Such a tool will provide us with data that makes intent, content, and psychological aspect manifest in real-time.

An AI-assisted EEG device could be an advance toward realizing that goal. Dan Nemrodov, of the University of Toronto, has succeeded in “digitally reconstruct[ing] images seen by test subjects based on electroencephalography (EEG) data.”

“When we see something, our brain creates a mental percept, which is essentially a mental impression of that thing. We were able to capture this percept using EEG to get a direct illustration of what’s happening in the brain during this process,” says Nemrodov. (Do you see what I see? Researchers harness brain waves to reconstruct images of what we perceive)

As an advocate of FIML practice, I am well-aware that most difficult part of FIML is being able to understand what it is and then to do it. It’s hard to understand because most people do not think about communication analytically in real-time. It’s hard to do because most people become angry when called to do that.

I, for one, know that it’s actually fun to do FIML. Indeed, it is delightful!

My hope is that Nemrodov’s tool will advance to the point where it can augment FIML practice enough to help more people see the value of actively and frequently doing real-time, real-world communication observation and analysis.

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