• Zachery Bernabe

Researchers simulate hallucinations using Google technology

At Sussex University’s Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science in the U.K., scientists have begun using Google AI (artificial intelligence) and virtual reality to simulate mental hallucinations, according to USAToday.com.

"We’re hallucinating all the time," the Sackler Centre co-director, Anil Seth, said in a recent TED talk. "It’s just that when we agree about our hallucinations, we call that reality."

The machine is called the Hallucination Machine, and it will help scientists understand what makes the brain have these hallucinations and how they affect the parts of brain that causes them, as well as the rest of the body. Using the help of the Googles AI system DeepDream, "which uses a neural network approach to try and identify patterns and features in images," internet users can actually go online and try it, themselves.

The team has the technology still in development, and it is being tweaked for better results to allow future testers to add in details about themselves, according to IBTimes.