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Brain-Scanning Headset Can Read Your Mind

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far911
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A scary prospect
far911   4/23/2013 9:47:31 AM
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I can see massive applications of this in crime and law enforcement. Since the mind has a natural tendency to think of the truth when a person is interrogated, this device can drastically help in solving crime.

Debera Harward
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Re: A scary prospect
Debera Harward   4/23/2013 10:52:29 AM
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Every technology has its pros and cons this brain scanning headset can also be used by hackers to steal the information from the minds so one should be carefull.

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Charles Murray   4/23/2013 8:48:27 PM
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It's scary to think that a system like this might one day be used to augment human intelligence. Today, we see families who hire academic coaches for their kids. In the future, maybe they'll just spend a few bucks and augment their learning abilities.

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TJ McDermott   4/24/2013 2:08:39 AM
It's the next step to assimilation, and resistance is futile.  Star Trek TNG showed us what we'll look like, with devices on our head, flashing LEDs.  Now science is providing the function of that look.  How many of you wear bluetooth earpieces while driving?  Can't help but think of a Borg when I see a coworker using it in his office.

I'm being tongue-in-cheek here; I've already been assimilated and am in fact looking forward to some practical use of this brain-scanning headset.

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Ann R. Thryft   4/25/2013 12:56:46 PM
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Cabe, it takes a lot to render me speechless, but this device did. I agree with TJ's comments, although perhaps not as tongue-in-cheek as he says they are.

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Helpful to know your own mind
Rob Spiegel   4/24/2013 12:05:58 AM
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I don't see a real downside to this technology. Perhaps there is one that I'm not aware of. Knowing how the brain responds to activity and input could be useful in countless situations.

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Elizabeth M   4/24/2013 3:41:13 AM
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This is really interesting, maybe a bit scary but only if it was to be used for evil purposes. I guess I'm a little confused still though about what it actually does, Cabe. So it can see where a person is going with their thoughts? Is that how it interpreted people's opinion of the films? I can see how this could have a lot of practical applications and could be really helpful in the ways you and others described, but perhaps it shouldn't fall into the wrong hands!

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Rob Spiegel   4/25/2013 11:50:51 AM
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Right now, I'm having a hard time imagining a diabolical use of this technology. Yet I also am fuzzy about positive applications for this.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   4/26/2013 5:38:40 AM
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That's kind of how I feel about it, Rob. I'm still a bit confused about its worth. But it's still quite interesting!

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Rob Spiegel   4/26/2013 11:30:41 AM
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Yes, Elizabeth. This reminds me of a New Yorker cartoon. It shows two executives at a soap company looking in on a worker in an office who is apparently on the product development team. "I can tell he's thinking," says one of the executives, "but I can't tell if he's thinking about soap."

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Elizabeth M   4/29/2013 4:21:42 AM
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Ha, yes, Rob, it seems like it is a little like that! Well, perhaps it goes a little further and knows that the person is thinking about soap but not quite exactly what he is thinking about the soap.

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Cabe Atwell   4/26/2013 4:34:04 PM
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Elizabeth,

It is more like a best guess as to how they feel about a subject. It is based on scans compared to answers. Without that link, for now, the data could only be guessed at. I wouldn't worry that much.

 

I would assume only advertisers would want that kind of info...

C

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Elizabeth M   4/29/2013 4:00:05 AM
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Ah, OK, I understand now, Cabe. So it's like a very sophisticated guessing game that in more cases than not, is correct. Hmm. Well, I guess it could have worth for market research and the like. I suppose we will have to see if it ever gets used.

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Cabe Atwell   5/3/2013 3:03:58 PM
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I am sure over time, the best guess will be right on. We will probably know exactly what the person is thinking about.

Tin-foil hats will also be all the rage in the future too.

C

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RE : Brain-Scanning Headset Can Read Your Mind
AnandY   4/24/2013 5:03:19 AM
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"It beams infrared light at the brain's prefrontal cortex and monitors the light's interaction with hemoglobin, the oxygen-transporting protein found in red blood cells."

Beaming infrared light in to brain!!! how safe is this process? Is it limited by any condition like health condition of a person or maximum number of times brain can be exposed to these beaming?

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tekochip   4/24/2013 9:31:13 AM
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Don't panic, although the article doesn't detail the light source, I'm certain the amount of IR is far less than a typical sunny day, and probably even less than what you see from a 100W incandescent lamp. You'd be surprised how much IR an incandescent bulb puts out.

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far911   4/25/2013 2:48:51 AM
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I don't think we need to worry about safety precautions because such applications are already under a lot of pressure to maintain health standards, and damage from IR should be a far fetched concern in my opinion. 

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Debera Harward   4/25/2013 5:17:06 PM
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Andy your concern is a logical one but what i think is that if some such sort of a headset has been created then definitely thy would have taken safety measures as well .Secondly the amount of infra red rays injected will not harm humans because its quanitity would have been specified

Jim S
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Brain Scanning
Jim S   4/24/2013 1:52:43 PM
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It seems to be a reflective version of a pulse oxymeter. I don't think it could penetrate very far into the brain due to bone loss and tissue loss. The measurement would probably contain skin & bone artifacts that would have to be subtracted out. This is interesting, but the info presented was very limited.

Jim S
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Brain Scanning
Jim S   4/24/2013 1:52:47 PM
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It seems to be a reflective version of a pulse oxymeter. I don't think it could penetrate very far into the brain due to bone loss and tissue loss. The measurement would probably contain skin & bone artifacts that would have to be subtracted out. This is interesting, but the info presented was very limited.

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reapaza   4/28/2013 11:49:39 PM
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Yes, I am agree with you, such devices are called regional oximetry, which is very useful for the advancement of clinical practice to improve patient care and safety especially for cardiovascular surgery.

New algorithms will made the distinctive, but all scientific entrepreneurship are welcome!

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Cabe Atwell   5/3/2013 3:05:09 PM
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Reapaza,

Knowing how a person is reacting in a medical situation is key. People lie about pain and such. It would be better to just monitor brain activity for a select responses.

C

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BRAIN-SCANNING HEADSET
bobjengr   5/5/2013 12:46:06 PM
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This is a fascinating post and very interesting technology.  Junk mail has proliferated and relative to the internet, that translates to SPAM.  Environmental SPAM certainly reduces our ability to concentrate.   I have no idea as to how many "intrusions" we receive hour by hour; police sirens, individuals passing by,   conversations in the "cube farm", unanswered e-mail, etc etc.  All provide distractions that take us away from the tasks and to some degree, make us less efficient due to the lack of concentration.  I think the technology that Cabe indicates could help reduce the confusion provided the long-term affects are not detrimental.  I would ask--how long can an individual stand the process?  Is there a time limit?  Would the technology make possible an ATC 's concentration for an entire shift?   I certainly could have used such a device during finals.

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Cabe Atwell   5/10/2013 4:53:42 PM
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Bob,

Are you suggesting to use the mind reading tech to cheat? Read the minds of your classmates?

How would you see this tech used to help concentration?

C

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bobjengr   5/11/2013 12:11:51 PM
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 Hello Cabe--Actually, one the problems I had as an underclassman was concentrating on the work at hand.  During those days; i.e dark ages, the rule at my school was, a student had to stay live in the dorm until he reached 19 years of age so, I was in the dorm for about 2 years.  I discovered quickly, you can't study in a dorm room, too much going on.   Now, if I had a device to aid my efforts, such as the one you mentioned, I might have improved my concentration appreciably.  Reading minds, I don't think so.  Excellent post though and very thought-provoking.  

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Cabe Atwell   5/17/2013 4:20:21 PM
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I did the dorm thing. I know there were distractions. But, I was able to do some work there. Though, I did do a lot of group studying, which was had at the Library or communal areas.

C

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