Artificial intelligence has woven itself into every aspect of our technological lives, and now, neurotechnology startup Prophetic aims to extend AI’s reach into an uncharted domain: our dreams.
Prophetic’s innovative AI model, Morpheus-1, promises to help users not only enter a lucid dream state but also stabilize it. Lucid dreaming, a state where the dreamer is aware they are dreaming and often has some control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment, has been a subject of fascination and study for centuries.
The concept of lucid dreaming dates back to ancient times, with practices like Yoga nidra in Hindu tradition and dream Yoga in Tibetan Buddhism. The term “lucid dream” was coined by Dutch author and psychiatrist Frederik van Eeden. Over the years, lucid dreaming has been explored as a potential therapeutic tool for conditions like nightmare disorders, clinical depression, and PTSD.
This concept of dream control was popularized in mainstream culture by the film, Inception. In the movie, a team of thieves uses dream-sharing technology to steal secrets or implant ideas into the subconscious of their targets. The parallels between Inception’s dream manipulation and Prophetic’s Morpheus-1 lucid dreams on-demand are intriguing, bringing a touch of science fiction into reality.
Morpheus-1, named after the Greek god of dreams, is an AI model trained using the same underlying transformer technology that powers ChatGPT and MidJourney. Unlike large language models or image generators, Morpheus-1 takes brain activity as the prompt and generates shaped sound waves that can react with that brain state as an output.
This novel approach to brain stimulation is tied to a new headband product called The Halo, set to be released soon. The Halo sends the sound waves, or ultrasound holograms, into the brain to connect with the current brain state, potentially inducing a lucid state.
Prophetic claims that their technique will not only induce a lucid dream state and keep it active and stable for longer but also provide a safer way to get to that state in the first place. “Morpheus-1 is a leap forward in that mission, moving us closer to ultrasonically inducing conscious experiences on-demand and changing the world forever,” the company wrote.