The reason for this is that they want to find a way for the human brain to perform better in the today world, which is filled with information.
Data collection is easy. The hard part is to make sense of them. However, living in a deluge of data, people often cannot cope with complex databases. The researchers are working with sophisticated virtual reality tools in order to provide assistance in that.
The CEEDS program coordinator and psychologist at Goldsmith University of London Jonathan Freeman says: “The science shows that much of this background processing of data, which happens unconsciously, can provide useful information about the environment. So, it can identify if there are areas of concern and threats or if there is something potentially impressive that we haven’t detected.”
“We can use the touch, vision and hearing to perceive the environment and the world around us. We strive to create an additional sense of the human subconscious processes. This gives people an extra ability to understand the sense of large data sets,” adds the scientist.
The scientists in this research program of the European Union want to basically make us smarter and more efficient through stimulating our subconscious. Thus, all the power of our creativity can be mobilized. And for this purpose complex technology is used.
The programmer Pedro Omedas from the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona explains, “We join very different technologies. The platforms of virtual and mixed reality allow us to control the information in depth.
We also have systems that help us to extract information into the platforms. We use tracking systems to understand how a person moves in a given space.
We also have very different physiological sensors that monitor heart and respiratory rate, to detect the signals emitted by the user, consciously or not. A major challenge is that all such information should be integrated in a coherent way.”
In turn, the neurologist Anna Mura from the same university emphasizes that “the system allows us to upgrade our unconscious processes at the level of consciousness. And it can help us to explore additional information on complex databases. Information that could not be decoded without this extra help.”
However, because two minds work better than one, researchers sought help from a robot.
According to the scientific program director and psychologist at Pompeu Fabra Paul Verschure, “the brain is not a computer that simply controls an external device. It is closely connected with the body. Therefore, to understand the brain, we must see it in a body. A robot may be used as an example of such a body.”
As he says, “to understand the brain, we need to incorporate it into a robot. It is the next step in exploring how the brain works. At the end it will help us understand the physical basis of consciousness.”
The scientists hope that this is a step that will lead their research to the discovery of a scientific tool with the help of which human will be able to make sense of large data systems.