You think you have the right/wrong, good/bad thing sorted. It’s not brain surgery after all, is it? Well not exactly but, according to The Guardian today, it could be closer than we imagine,
The research breaks controversial new ground in scientists' ability to probe people's minds and eavesdrop on their thoughts, and raises serious ethical issues over how brain-reading technology may be used in the future.’
Yes, they are working on a system to determine if we are planning to do a bad thing. This should be right up the Police Pre-Crime Unit’s street, since they love nothing better than to solve crimes that haven’t happened yet – so much easier than having to be careful with real evidence and relying on the testimony of fallible individuals. So much nicer to be sitting indoors sifting through emails than out in the cold and wet crawling along the ground with tweezers.
Professor John-Dylan Haynes at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in
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