Wednesday, 16 October 2013

New method of recording brain activity is leading to mind reading devices

Method of Recording Brain Activity Could Lead to Mind-Reading Devices, Stanford Scientists Say

Oct. 15, 2013 — A brain region activated when people are asked to perform mathematical calculations in an experimental setting is similarly activated when they use numbers -- or even imprecise quantitative terms, such as "more than" -- in everyday conversation, according to a study by Stanford University School of Medicine scientists.

The finding could lead to "mind-reading" applications that, for example, would allow a patient who is rendered mute by a stroke to communicate via passive thinking. Conceivably, it could also lead to more dystopian outcomes: chip implants that spy on or even control people's thoughts.