by wjw on August 28, 2012

“Scientists,” who are always nameless in these kinds of reports, claim that they are now able to “hack” the brain with a $299 off-the-shelf mind-machine interface.

Using an Emotiv interface, “researchers” (as they are also known) could read the P300 signal coming off the brain.  When showing the subjects images of banks, faces, and PIN numbers, subjects gave off the P300 wave when an image was recognized.  There’s still a certain amount of guesswork involved in pinning down passwords and PIN numbers, but the interface may be more useful as a lie detector.

“For this reason, a GKT based on the P300 has a promising use within interrogation protocols that enable detection of potential criminal details held by the suspect.”

Oh wow, can this one ever go bad in a hurry.  Imagine its use by criminals, police states, James Bond supervillains.  Imagine what happens when the technology improves.

I bet Kim Jong-on has about a thousand of these on order.

Shash August 28, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Oh goody, now we can watch law enforcement agencies and lots of other legal entities start to use it. In addition to the bad guys.

What a nightmare.

Hmm, I wonder what happens if the subject has Tourette’s?

drakes August 30, 2012 at 11:53 am

This has… amusing… implications for [bad] fiction too. How long before we see contemporary drama shows using high-tech to read a subject’s every thought? If “enhance” wasn’t enough…


TRX August 30, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Criminals? Imagine its use “for the children” in public schools. Propaganda indoctrination WIN!

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