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Intelligence agencies eye emerging ‘mind-reading’ technologies

May 28, 2011 1 comment

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Scientists have discovered how to decode human brainwaves and intelligence agencies are rubbing their hands.

In possibly the greatest potential breakthrough for spy agencies, mind-reading machines are about to become a reality.

According to research published in the online journal Public Library of Science Biology, a machine that can process and display visual brain signals is within science’s grasp.

 The claim is based on research undertaken by scientists at the University of Glasgow. The tests were conducted on a group of volunteers that were shown images of randomly selected human faces reacting with various emotions like astonishment, contentment, joy, anger and fear. As part of the experiment, the images of the faces were partially covered so only parts of the face—eyes and mouths—were discernible.

The subjects were tasked to name the emotion they saw on the images of faces. As they did, electrode sensors monitored their brainwaves. The brain activity crossed a wide spectrum and changed significantly as Read more…