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Thought Police: How Brain Scans Could Invade Your Private Life (Machines Read Your Mind)
Popular Mechanics ^ | November 2007 | Jeff Wise

Posted on 11/07/2007 6:30:31 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat

Frank Tong is peering into another man’s mind...On the other side of a plate-glass window, an undergraduate lies immobile, his legs protruding from a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner. A display unit above the young man’s eyes flashes a picture of a pigeon or a penguin—at this point Tong doesn’t know which....

On Tong’s screens a series of images appear: black-and-white cross sections of the living brain...Tong extracts the data from the scanner, takes it back to his lab and runs it through his processing software. After several hours he has a prediction: The test subject was looking at a penguin. As it turns out, Tong was right. His accuracy for this kind of mind reading is 70 to 80 percent. “Our ability to guess what a person is thinking about binary decisions is not super dramatic,” he says. “But we’re doing it with really crude image resolution of samples from the brain. If we could access every neuron, and spent long enough analyzing the data, we could figure out in great detail what a person is seeing or thinking.”

(Excerpt) Read more at popularmechanics.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: fmri; mind; privacy; science; truth
Big Brother around the corner, or amazingly useful tool for crime prevention and solving problems?
1 posted on 11/07/2007 6:30:32 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Talk about worrying about something that might happen? Like we don’t have enough to worry about? Someone is gonna read our minds? lol


2 posted on 11/07/2007 6:37:36 PM PST by CometBaby (You can twist perceptions .. reality won't budge!)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

I dont doubt in the last days (governments) will try to controll what people think, and not just what content they are exposed to!


3 posted on 11/07/2007 6:39:02 PM PST by JSDude1 (When a liberal represents the Presidential Nominee for the Republicans; THEY'RE TOAST)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Probably a very useful tool for more accurately assessing whether comatose/brain-damaged patients have any real awareness.


4 posted on 11/07/2007 6:39:22 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Recovering_Democrat
If we could access every neuron, and spent long enough analyzing the data, we could figure out in great detail what a person is seeing or thinking.”

Not going to happen.

5 posted on 11/07/2007 6:41:25 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: JSDude1
"I dont doubt in the last days (governments) will try to controll what people think, and not just what content they are exposed to!"

I is already happening. It's called "Hate Crime" legislation...

6 posted on 11/07/2007 6:42:44 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Chairman Hillary’s plan for us - a control chip forceably inserted into our skull. Secondly, with all this infighting and talk of a third party, this is what will happen to us./Just Asking - seoul62...........


7 posted on 11/07/2007 6:45:03 PM PST by seoul62 (e)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

What will they do when they see all the hate in the minds of liberals?

Destroy the machine, no doubt.


8 posted on 11/07/2007 6:47:34 PM PST by airborne (Proud to be a conservative! Proud to support Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
I challenge any man or machine to try and read my mind.

Just make sure you stand a safe distance from them. It could get ugly and messy.

Dick Cheney shivers at my thoughts.

9 posted on 11/07/2007 6:49:49 PM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Thomas Aquinas and other medieval theologians taught that angels and demons can tell what we are thinking ABOUT, and can even influence our thoughts, but they cannot tell directly what we have JUDGED or DECIDED, i.e., which way the intellect and will have turned, because what we are thinking about is evident by what occupies the imagination, which is a physical faculty, but judging and choosing are spiritual acts. This is consistent with what this scientist says: It’s difficult to see what a person has judged or decided, but easier to tell what he is looking at or thinking about.

Chalk one up for the scientific value of Medieval Angelology—which, btw, had nothing to do with the heads of pins.


10 posted on 11/07/2007 6:56:16 PM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: Just mythoughts

Don’t be to sure of that. Work has already been done on fluorescent neurons.


11 posted on 11/07/2007 7:04:51 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: Just mythoughts
Pathfinding and Neuronal Migration

12 posted on 11/07/2007 7:16:35 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

As long as it can’t slap my face...


13 posted on 11/07/2007 7:17:34 PM PST by MARTIAL MONK
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To: CometBaby; All
Someone is gonna read our minds? lol

No. The problem isn't that someone is "going to read our minds. lol." The problem is that some geniuses with whole cloth are going to convince the emperor that they have a machine that can read minds. And he's gonna want everyone to get one.

And, like the witch trials of old Salem, the accusations will be completely defenseless. Imagine, "No, I was not thinking such a thought."

"Application denied on grounds of Thought Profile."

"Psycholigical Score indicates 83% possibility of criminal behavior in high stress situations. Can't hire that person."

Just use your imagination a little bit, and you'll thank God it's still a fairy tale at the moment.

The nightmare Orwell never had. On the horizon. May God help us.

14 posted on 11/07/2007 7:34:11 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (keep the heat on the hillary.)
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To: seoul62

A few nights ago I had a nightmare Hillary was doing brain surgery on me, while I was strapped down. Maybe I need to spend less time on FR.


15 posted on 11/07/2007 7:39:40 PM PST by Quackattack
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Not all that surprising. About fifteen years ago I attended a seminar where the presenter described an experiement where a monkey was given a does of radioactive glucose and was made to stare at a pattern so that more glucose was burned in parts of the brain corresponding to the pattern. The monkey then "volunteered to have its metabolism reduced to zero" and the pattern could be seen in the analysis of the levels of radiation in the brain cells.

This just seems to eliminate the need to remove the brain.

16 posted on 11/07/2007 8:22:16 PM PST by KarlInOhio (May the heirs of Charles Martel and Jan Sobieski rise up again to defend Europe.)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; KlueLass; ...

Research indicates dogs have some ability to read minds
BrainMysteries.com | Nov 7 2007 | staff reporter
Posted on 11/07/2007 11:03:14 AM EST by Daffynition
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1922273/posts


17 posted on 11/07/2007 8:59:18 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Monday, October 22, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Recovering_Democrat; SunkenCiv

thanks, bfl


18 posted on 11/07/2007 9:27:21 PM PST by neverdem (Call talk radio. We need a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional term limits. Let's Roll!)
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To: neverdem

“bfl”?


19 posted on 11/08/2007 1:45:10 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat ((I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!))
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To: Quackattack

It was no dream, Hillary had you on her mother ship....;)


20 posted on 11/08/2007 2:53:14 AM PST by mdmathis6
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To: Just mythoughts

It’s not going to happen in the foreseeable future, at least. In order to do it, you’d have to have the map of the brain that could read the data and make an accurate prediction. You’d have to have an MRI scanner that could map the data precisely enough for the prediction software to work. You’d have to have a subject who was willing to lie still in the scanner while you performed this test, or else you’d have to have a scanner that could capture and analyze a moving image of the brain and compensate for body movements while it scanned. Walking, breathing, blinking, farting; all would have to be detected and removed from the scan data before it could be reasonably certain that it saw which nuerons fired.

It would be a neato toy, if we could build it, but it would be detecting miniscule amounts of energy at high speed and therefore be easy to jam.

From a financial perspective, it would probably spark a large growth spurt in the AFDB sector.


21 posted on 11/08/2007 3:00:07 AM PST by sig226 (New additions to the list of democrat criminals - see my profile)
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To: sig226
... You’d have to have a subject who was willing to lie still in the scanner while you performed this test, or else you’d have to have a scanner that could capture and analyze a moving image of the brain and compensate for body movements while it scanned...

Yes the subject would need be willing, and the scanner would need to scan at a much faster pace to capture thought. I have had two MRI's on my leg and it was nigh on to impossible to NOT move during the hours it took just to scan a segment of my leg. Weird part of those scanning sessions I could literally feel in my leg that scanning taking place which made it even more difficult to stay still.

22 posted on 11/08/2007 4:15:34 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Recovering_Democrat

bfl = bump for later


23 posted on 11/08/2007 7:32:13 AM PST by neverdem (Call talk radio. We need a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional term limits. Let's Roll!)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Even Big Brother could not read Winston Smith's private thoughts. I doubt we will ever develop technology that would allow us to read one's private thoughts. The human mind - and our inherent free will - makes it impossible for a machine to know what we are really thinking.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

24 posted on 11/08/2007 7:34:52 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

One of my favorite classic SF novels is “Little Fuzzy” by H. Beam Piper. He envisioned a future courtroom in which there was a device that was an unbeatable lie detector. The main purpose of lawyers was to keep their clients out of the veridicator - because once they were in it, all truth came out.

Can you imagine the impact of such a device on our world?


25 posted on 11/08/2007 10:38:31 AM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Nope. Not gonna do it.)
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To: KarlInOhio; RightWhale
The monkey then "volunteered to have its metabolism reduced to zero" and the pattern could be seen in the analysis of the levels of radiation in the brain cells.

Paging Mr. Dent, paging Mr. Arthur Dent!

'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' *PING* !

Cheers!

26 posted on 11/08/2007 4:14:41 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: sig226

http://adage.com/article?article_id=122491


27 posted on 12/17/2007 12:32:28 AM PST by Cvengr (Every believer is a grenade. Arrogance is the grenade pin. Pull the pin and fragment your life.)
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To: Cvengr

The log in page won’t let me access it. What did it say?


28 posted on 12/17/2007 4:06:28 AM PST by sig226 (New additions to the list of democrat criminals - see my profile)
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To: sig226

” New Yorker Alison Wilson was walking down Prince Street in SoHo last week when she heard a woman’s voice right in her ear asking, “Who’s there? Who’s there?” She looked around to find no one in her immediate surroundings. Then the voice said, “It’s not your imagination.”

Indeed it isn’t. It’s an ad for “Paranormal State,” a ghost-themed series premiering on A&E this week. The billboard uses technology manufactured by Holosonic that transmits an “audio spotlight” from a rooftop speaker so that the sound is contained within your cranium.”

Let’s see how long this one stays up.

http://thoughtpolice.wordpress.com/2007/12/12/advertisers-sending-voices-direct-to-cranium/

Hear Voices? It May Be an Ad
An A&E Billboard ‘Whispers’ a Spooky Message Audible Only in Your Head in Push to Promote Its New ‘Paranormal’ Program

By Andrew Hampp

Published: December 10, 2007
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — New Yorker Alison Wilson was walking down Prince Street in SoHo last week when she heard a woman’s voice right in her ear asking, “Who’s there? Who’s there?” She looked around to find no one in her immediate surroundings. Then the voice said, “It’s not your imagination.”

Indeed it isn’t. It’s an ad for “Paranormal State,” a ghost-themed series premiering on A&E this week. The billboard uses technology manufactured by Holosonic that transmits an “audio spotlight” from a rooftop speaker so that the sound is contained within your cranium. The technology, ideal for museums and libraries or environments that require a quiet atmosphere for isolated audio slideshows, has rarely been used on such a scale before. For random passersby and residents who have to walk unwittingly through the area where the voice will penetrate their inner peace, it’s another story.

Ms. Wilson, a New York-based stylist, said she expected the voice inside her head to be some type of creative project but could see how others might perceive it differently, particularly on a late-night stroll home. “I might be a little freaked out, and I wouldn’t necessarily think it’s coming from that billboard,” she said.

Less-intrusive approach?
Joe Pompei, president and founder of Holosonics, said the creepy approach is key to drawing attention to A&E’s show. But, he noted, the technology was designed to avoid adding to noise pollution. “If you really want to annoy a lot of people, a loudspeaker is the best way to do it,” he said. “If you set up a loudspeaker on the top of a building, everybody’s going to hear that noise. But if you’re only directing that sound to a specific viewer, you’re never going to hear a neighbor complaint from street vendors or pedestrians. The whole idea is to spare other people.”

Holosonics has partnered with a cable network once before, when Court TV implemented the technology to promote its “Mystery Whisperer” in the mystery sections of select bookstores. Mr. Pompei said the company also has tested retail deployments in grocery stores with Procter & Gamble and Kraft for customized audio messaging. So a customer, for example, looking to buy laundry detergent could suddenly hear the sound of gurgling water and thus feel compelled to buy Tide as a result of the sonic experience.

Mr. Pompei contends that the technology will take time for consumers to get used to, much like the lights on digital signage and illuminated billboards did when they were first used. The website Gawker posted an item about the billboard last week with the headline “Schizophrenia is the new ad gimmick,” and asked “How soon will it be until in addition to the do-not-call list, we’ll have a ‘do not beam commercial messages into my head’ list?”

“There’s going to be a certain population sensitive to it. But once people see what it does and hear for themselves, they’ll see it’s effective for getting attention,” Mr. Pompei said.

More disruptions
A&E’s $3 million to $5 million campaign for “Paranormal” includes other more disruptive elements than just the one audio ad in New York. In Los Angeles, a mechanical face creeps out of a billboard as if it’s coming toward the viewer, and then recedes. In print, the marketing team persuaded two print players to surrender a full editorial page to their ads, flipping the gossip section in AM New York upside down and turning a page in this week’s Parade into a checkerboard of ads for “Paranormal.”

It’s not the network’s first foray into supernatural marketing, having launched a successful viral campaign for “Mind Freak” star Criss Angel earlier this year that allowed users to trick their friends into thinking Mr. Angel was reading their mind via YouTube.

“We all know what you need to do for one of these shows is get people talking about them,” said Guy Slattery, A&E’s exec VP-marketing. “It shouldn’t be pure informational advertising. When we were talking about marketing the show, nearly everyone had a connection with a paranormal experience, and that was a surprise to us. So we really tried to base the whole campaign on people’s paranormal experiences.”

So was it a ghost or just an annoyed resident who stole the speaker from the SoHo billboard twice in one day last week? Horizon Media, which helped place the billboard, had to find a new device that would prevent theft from its rooftop location. Mr. Pompei only takes it as a compliment that someone would go to the trouble of stealing his technology, but hopes consumer acceptance comes with time. “The sound isn’t rattling your skull, it’s not penetrating you, it’s not doing anything nefarious at all. It’s just like having a flashlight vs. a light bulb,” he said.

Previously posted at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1938249/posts but might not be available for rest of article.


29 posted on 12/17/2007 5:51:18 AM PST by Cvengr (Every believer is a grenade. Arrogance is the grenade pin. Pull the pin and fragment your life.)
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