on the Verge of Exploding…
The field of mind-reading technology is on the verge of exploding. Researchers are excited about the potential benefits. For example, imagine someone who is struck with a disease that makes speech and writing difficult, but leaves the mind intact. With this technology, they would be able to communicate with loved ones, friends and family.
On the downside, it’s impossible to consider mind-reading technology without thinking of all the ways government officials might misuse and abuse it. Do you want Uncle Sam to have even the option of placing a mind-reading chip in your head?
Some companies are already using brain decoding to produce better lie detectors. One company, No Lie MRI, promises a foolproof lie detector test that uses brain decoding to assess the truth of what a person is saying.
Remote Neural Monitoring is similar to brain decoding and is already used by neurosurgeons. Implants make it possible for neurologists to supervise brain surgeries, adapting the surgeon’s approach as necessary. Some fear this same technology can be used to monitor the thoughts and intents of individuals.
Your Best Defense Is to
Know What’s Coming
The real danger here is that computing companies will begin offering implants that allow you remote control over your computer, smart phone, even your home security system, with just a thought. Government officials could later use those implants to remotely read your thoughts or even implant ideas and influence your behavior.
That sounds outlandish, but it’s not far off. IBM predicts such technology will be available within the next five years.
With all this in mind, it’s a good idea to stay informed about developments in this field. In other countries, brain decoding lie detector tests are already admissible in court. It may not be long before the government can seek a search warrant for your thoughts.