Linked by weildish on Fri 12th Dec 2008 00:46 UTC
In the News In Japan at ATR Computational Science Laboratories, the first thoughts in history were successfully read via a computer -- and not just by guessing or even educationally guessing. Scientists began by showing test subjects the six letters that spell "neuron." Afterwards, by measuring the subjects' brain activity, they were able to reconstruct the six images and display them on a monitor. The images were fuzzy, of course, but obviously spelled neuron. ATR said that it's very possible that one day this technology will be able to read our dreams.
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RE: Freaky and Pointless
by mounty on Fri 12th Dec 2008 21:25 UTC in reply to "Freaky and Pointless"
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Strictly, it's difficult to argue that the technology is pointless when you go on to specify one application --- dictatorial control.

There are many `pointless' technologies in the world, such as reproductive technologies (`test tube babies') when the planet is already grossly over-populated (with humans) and car `performance' research when vehicles can already drive much too fast. That's just the intellectual obsessive insanity of our times.

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