AI to assist in lucid dreaming

Category: AI Americas

Prophetic was founded as a tech start-up aiming to build a wearable device to stabilise the phenomena of lucid dreams.

Succeeding in this feat would be a world first as the start-up has now raised $1.1 million in funding, with notable participants a16z’s Scout Fund and BoxGroup supporting the enterprise.

The Halo

Prophetic’s mission is to explore consciousness collectively and their device is being developed to activate the prefrontal cortex during dreaming.

Prophetic’s device, known as the “Halo”, achieves this with the use of focused ultrasound signals, potentially enhancing working memory and dream experiences.

The Halo is being developed by the founders who are relying on data from a yearlong study run by the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. This data will train the AI intended to operate the Halo device.

Plans are currently in place to showcase a prototype in the coming future. In addition to this, a full test is also expected in the third or fourth quarters of 2024.

Lucid dreaming

Lucid dreaming is a phenomenon that has garnered significant interest both from the public and the neuroscience community alike for decades.

This occurs when a person who is sleeping becomes aware they’re dreaming and may also control parts or even most events and decisions taken in the dream.

This has been evident across pop culture within acclaimed films, social media, and even large neuroscientific studies based on the topic, dating back to the 1970s.

Prophetic’s founders believe that this innovative new approach represents a significant advancement in this field.

Co-founder Wesley Berry had this to say:

“My conviction strongly comes from how it feels like a quantum leap … when you’re using this focused ultrasound. It’s quite a bit better than everything else that’s been done.”

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