Researchers can read your mind, literally. Brain scans are now able show what your thoughts are by the images your brain sees.
Eventually, these scans may be used by big brother for non-medical reasons and possibly be detrimental to innocent people in the future.
In a recent study, the researchers used brain scans called functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and successfully decoded visual imagery. These imageries included a memory a person was thinking about, a video a person watched or a specific number they were thinking of.
The researchers are optimistic these findings will help in the treatment plans for individuals who have difficulty with social interactions.
An fMRI is able to measure brain activity by detecting changes in the brain's blood flow. The area of interest in the study is the pre-frontal cortex, which also houses the personality traits of individuals. The anterior medial pre-frontal cortex is allegedly associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
The justification for being able to read individuals' minds is to assist people with ASDs in forming accurate personality models of others to promote stronger and healthier social interactions with others.
In other words, the scientists claim knowing what the individuals with ASDs are thinking can help mold their treatment plans.
How medical professionals can use this information to implement better treatment plans is not clear at this time. However, the fMRIs are considered medical tests. Results from medical tests are usually admissible in a court of law and used for certain eligibility programs. It is possible the results of the mind reading fMRIs could be used against individuals in certain eligibility cases, such as applying for a gun permit. It is in these cases big brother may become involved in the mind reading advantages.
Some people may believe that the 'reading your mind' technique may verge on unethical medical practices. Does modern technological advances justify possible medical ethical issues?
While this appears to be promising for individuals with ASDs, could big brother use it to an advantage?
Let the paranoia begin ...
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