Moran Cerf: The Dream Encoding Machine That Never Existed

Moran Cerf is a neuroscientist that was involved with a study that enabled researchers to project an image of what a person was thinking about. When his paper was published in Nature, the media quickly misconstrued his work and talk of a “dream encoder” began to take over.

From there, it got more and more outrageous as Apple contacted him wanting to buy the device, and director Christopher Nolan (Inception) wanted Cerf to go on tour with him.

This talk makes me think of the classic kids game Telephone, and also of the long-running Abandoned Puppies Email that’s been circulating around since 2003. Some stories simply don’t go away – they get passed along.

Incidentally, Cerf also did a brilliant Moth talk on how he briefly robbed a bank. If you haven’t heard that one yet, swing over and take a listen – it’s a fantastic story.

[via BoingBoing]

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