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Scientists may soon be able to [interpreter / interpret] what someone is saying simply by analysing their brainwaves as they [spoken / speak] . This revolutionary advance in neuroscience would help millions of people who suffer [from / of] communication problems and neurological [orders / disorders] . The scientists developed a [firm / form] of artificial intelligence that can decode brainwaves and translate [them / it] into text. Algorithms take the brain activity created as a person speaks and translates [them / it] in real time into sentences on [the / a] screen. The scientists are from the University of California, San Francisco. They say [their / them] algorithms have a 97 per cent translation accuracy rate but are working hard to improve [of / on] this.

The scientists say they are at the [fast / early] stages of being able to machine-translate [everything / thing] someone says. The software used [in / on] their experiments matched features of [speak / speech] that were repeated frequently to parts and shapes of the [mouthed / mouth] . These included elements of English speech such [was / as] vowels, consonants and commands. The experiments were [limited / limits] to around 40 short and simply-constructed spoken sentences. The scientists said: "Although we should like the decoder to learn and [exploit / expedite] the regularities of the language, it [remains / remaining] to show how many data would be required to expand from our tiny languages to a more [general / generally] form of English."

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