$2000 headbands promote lucid dreaming

AI has tapped into all recesses of modern society – but now, it can harness your subconscious mind while you sleep.

Elon Musk’s Neuralink recently put a brain-computer interface into its first test subject.

This massive breakthrough in the technology demonstrates how AI continues to implant itself into daily life – yes, literally – and more companies are opting to use it to tap into our minds and learn more about the brain.

As such, neurotechnological company Prophetic has invented the Halo Morpheus-1, a wearable device designed to tap into the subconscious mind through dreams.

It is available to reserve for a deposit of $100, but will cost $2,000 altogether when it goes on sale at a future date to be determined.

Prophetic claims it wants to learn more about the brain while helping individuals take control of their lives through a process known as lucid dreaming.

“Prometheus stole fire from the Gods; we will steal dreams from the Prophets,” Prophetic proclaims.

Lucid dreaming

The company’s device, named after the Greek god of dreams, aims to stimulate lucid dreaming, which can be described as a state where the individual becomes aware that they are in a dream.

Prophetic views the phenomenon as “particle accelerators for consciousness: a state that allows for the objective observation of the neural foundations of self-awareness, (meta) cognition, and sensory perception.”

Lucid dreaming can supposedly benefit your everyday life, the company claims, because when you do it, you are “freed from conventional laws of physics: gravity, conservation of energy, conservation of mass.”

This allows one to experiment by solving problems in the dream realm: solutions that could then be transferred into your tangible, waking, life.

Prophetic claims its brand of AI is trying to answer the age-old question: “What really is consciousness?” by giving humans the space to “explore the state space of consciousness.”

This is because when you’re lucidly dreaming, the sky’s the limit: individuals can interact with “dream characters,” explore dream environments, and maybe even fly.

The Halo headband

The Halo headband tracks your sleep while identifying when a user is in a state of REM sleep through a combination of ultrasound and machine learning (ML) models.

The aim is to use the headband while you sleep to induce and stabilize lucid dreaming – a state of mind that the company says correlates with higher levels of activity in the brain’s frontal regions.

Image by Prophetic

“Regions like the prefrontal cortex are associated with self-awareness and decision-making. These regions are less active during regular dreaming,” the report reads.

Prophetic uses transcranial-focused ultrasound stimulation, an emerging non-invasive method that leverages ultrasound waves to influence neural activity.

This method has proved to be a safe and effective way to improve working memory, which is significantly impaired during sleep

Studies have shown that low levels of stimulation in the brain’s frontal regions during sleep result in an uptick in activity for those who have experienced lucid dreaming before.

The tech behind the science

The tech behind the device is complex and claims to be deeply rooted in scientific research. But how did Prophetic develop it?

Enter the generative ultrasonic transformer: its architecture, similar to that of large language models (LLMs) like ChatGPT, “has established itself as the holy grail of sequential pattern recognition and generative artificial intelligence.”

Prophetic says its device runs on “proprietary machine learning models” and is trained on data derived from “active lucid dream states.”

The company has partnered with the Donders Institute – a research center dedicated to understanding human cognition and behavior in health and disease – to collect the largest dataset on lucid dreamers ever compiled.

Through doing this, Prophetic aims to create artificial activation in the brain that induces lucid dreaming by identifying and predicting the stimulation patterns that occur when in such a state.

But given that this is a new tool to induce lucid dreaming, the safety and privacy that comes with this technology will be of particular importance.

Image by Prophetic

Safety and privacy

The creators of Halo insist that device safety and privacy are of paramount importance.

“From a safety perspective, the technology must undergo rigorous testing to ensure it doesn't negatively impact brain function or cause any physical harm,” the company states.

Regarding safety, the ability to modulate dreams could open a wealth of possibilities.

However, this could also be manipulated for advertising, propagandistic pursuits, and nefarious purposes.

The company claims the technology is strictly used to facilitate lucid dreaming and shouldn’t be used for other purposes.

However, unless strong ethical guidelines are implemented and followed during the design and creation phase it is hard to be sure if users will be in full control of their lucid dreaming.

Any cybersecurity expert will tell you that nothing in the tech world is immune to being manipulated by adversaries, so it will be interesting to see what safeguards are put in place by Prophetic to ensure this doesn’t happen.

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