How to Block Mind-Reading Technology?

Since its inception, magnetic resonance imaging has become an invaluable tool for neuroscientists and physicians. Modern technology can make MRI even more efficient.

This will allow scientists to understand exactly how non-material consciousness arises in the material brain. But this is only the beginning of a long journey.

Some mental functions, such as fear or face recognition, are located in specialized areas of the brain that are relatively easy to detect. However, others involve several areas at once. They are identified by comparing multiple functional MRI scans using machine learning. For example, in 2016, a detailed map was created linking specific areas of the brain to specific words and semantic concepts.

Since the brains of different people function similarly, the results of studies on some people can be applied to others. This allows you to “read” a person’s intentions by looking solely at their brain scans.

Some experts have no doubt that one day fMRI and other technologies will make it possible to listen to the “inner voice” of a person, according to the Wall Street Journal.

No Lie MRI and Cephos have already tried to sell lie detectors based on brain imaging, but without success. However, “forensic neuroscience” continues to evolve. For example, instead of finding out if a suspect is telling the truth, you can determine if he is familiar with some unique characteristic of a crime.

The fact is that the brain reacts differently to familiar and unfamiliar stimuli – and this reaction can be “read”.

The development of neuroimaging will affect not only criminal but also civil law. Thanks to this, it will be possible to objectively assess psychological suffering, as well as understand when it is time to disconnect a patient in a vegetative state from a life support apparatus.

Monitoring of brain activity will be used at work. For example, some high-speed train drivers in China are already wearing portable devices that track early signs of fatigue. And local officials and employees are encouraged to wear sensors to detect depression, anxiety and rage.

However, the most promising area of ​​application of the technology is the direct control of various devices using the power of thought.

Perhaps in the future, accurate brain mapping will make possible a kind of “life after death.” Human knowledge and experience will become intellectual property that can be extracted after death and used for analysis or modeling.

Relatives will find out where the late grandfather hid the money, and the head of the company will be able to consult with the long-dead founder.

Progress in this direction will undoubtedly be slow. However, the changes it will bring will have a huge impact on all areas of life.

MRI allows doctors to quickly diagnose and begin treatment, but the technology is vulnerable to computer glitches such as virus attacks. One of them, written by Israeli scientists, adds images of tumours to MRI scans that are indistinguishable from real ones – or erases existing ones. This can seriously harm the patient.

Telepathy in action: people have been taught to read minds

MOSCOW, October 27 – RIA Novosti, Alfiya Enikeeva. Brain-computer interfaces allow you to type text without touching a laptop keyboard and control bionic prostheses with your mind. Now scientists are trying to connect the brains of several living beings into a single network so that they can communicate telepathically. About the prospects for the industry of neurogadgets – in the material RIA Novosti.

This spring, neurophysiologists in one of the laboratories at the University of Washington taught volunteers to communicate with each other only by the power of thought. Three participants in the experiment played Tetris. The first two saw the game completely on the monitors, and the third only saw the figure at the top of the screen, that is, he did not know how to position it so that the bottom row of figures closed. Only the third participant (recipient) had the opportunity to turn the piece, and how to act, he was told by his two associates (sender) – in fact, by the power of thought.The senders looked at the falling figurine and thought about how to turn it over. Their brain signals were read by an electroencephalograph and transmitted to a computer. There, the signals were translated into a command and received in the form of a magnetic pulse to the brain of the recipient. To do this, a device for transcranial magnetic stimulation was applied to his head. Having received magnetic impulses, the subject had a visual sensation in the brain – a small luminous spot. In most cases, the recipient interpreted it correctly and also flipped the Tetris piece.

Five groups of three people participated in the experiment, and in more than 80 percent of cases of such “telepathic” communication, the recipients understood the sender’s commands correctly. This is much more than a coincidence. The researchers hope that in the future they will be able to make their network truly multi-user when five or six volunteers can exchange silent messages at once. For now, three people is the maximum.

Named a condition for reading minds in the future

There is currently no technology capable of reading people’s minds. However, in the future, special devices may appear that can gauge what a person is thinking. The conditions for this “” were named by the representative of the company i-BrainTech Gennady Kovalenko within the framework of the CyberReality project.

“Although mind-reading in the usual sense of the word is impossible, neurotechnologies can record the bioelectrical activity of the brain. If the right mathematical tools are available to decode this activity, we can determine how a patient suffering from locked-in syndrome reacts to certain stimuli – for example, to signs with letters. So we can understand what a person who is deprived of the opportunity to speak and move is thinking about, ”the specialist explained.

In his opinion, people will be distrustful of neural interfaces connected directly to the brain for a long time to come: “Not every person will agree to open his brain.” However, neuro interfaces are already helping to recover from severe injuries and stroke.

However, Kovalenko recalled that there is already a non-invasive technology that does not require a complex operation to implant a chip, but which allows recording the bioelectrical activity of the brain and decoding it using artificial intelligence. These signals can be used to control prostheses or to immerse a person in a virtual game environment.

The CyberReality project is dedicated to how high technologies change the lives of Russians and humanity in general. He talks about how developments that seemed fantastic a few years ago today provide safety, help people in everyday life, save lives, expand the horizons of people with disabilities and take care of the elderly.

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