I am not able to visualize anything at all consciously but I dream visually. Or at least I remember my dreams as if they were visual. The more I think about it, the less certain I am that I dream visually. But I have always believed that I dream visually.
I wonder if the research from Shinji Nishimoto: Reconstructing Visual Experiences from Brain Activity Evoked by Natural Movies could be used to help with research into aphantasia.
These videos are really impressive, but they date from 2011 and I don’t know if there is any development in ‘mindreading AI’.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsjDnYxJ0bo and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMA23JJ1M1o
I also found this more recent research where a computer can create images based on thoughts: https://neurosciencenews.com/thought-image-ai-17058/