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Scientists Successfully ‘Hack’ Brain To Obtain Private Data: Are You Worried?

Daryl 2012/08/27 19:00:00
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SEATTLE.CBSLOCAL.COM reports:
It sounds like something out of the movie “Johnny Mnemonic,” but scientists have successfully been able to "hack" a brain with a device that's easily available on the open market.
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  • Daryl 2012/08/27 16:08:40
    Yes
    Daryl
    +12
    This is disturbing if true as it will be possible to extract private information from people in custody.

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  • jeremyperryfranz 2012/08/28 15:49:15
    No
    jeremyperryfranz
    +3
    The average human does not have information worth obtaining average human information worth obtaining
  • Incognito jeremyp... 2012/08/28 18:33:04
  • rocker1446 Incognito 2012/08/29 04:19:11
    rocker1446
    +2
    Colonel Mustard, in the Library, with the gun
  • Incognito rocker1446 2012/08/29 15:10:44
    Incognito
    You must be CLUEless too.
    missing the boat gif
  • rocker1446 jeremyp... 2012/08/29 04:18:32
    rocker1446
    +2
    I love that color!
  • S123 2012/08/28 15:48:52
    Yes
    S123
    +1
    I guess now people should be careful if they are asked to participate in a study.
  • Incognito S123 2012/08/28 18:34:33
  • hapman 2012/08/28 15:31:37
  • Kima5489 hapman 2012/08/28 15:39:45
    Kima5489
    +1
    I raved you, mostly because of the Hitchiker's reference.
  • hapman Kima5489 2012/08/28 15:43:16
    hapman
    outstanding. thank you.
  • ClayParrot 2012/08/28 15:13:41
    No
    ClayParrot
    +2
    Not from this alone. In the wrong hands (an over-reaching gov't), a more sophisticated method could be dangerous for our civil liberties.
  • Incognito ClayParrot 2012/08/28 18:42:07
  • That1Guy 2012/08/28 15:01:53
    Yes
    That1Guy
    +2
    It is scary in countless ways, first is that the government might enslave us, second if there is some side effect that is horrendous because of how many things can happen, third if there is some kind of cyber terrorist attack it would be devastating, those are just a few scenarios.
  • FatherL... That1Guy 2012/08/28 15:42:35
    FatherLiberty
    +1
    We are already enslaved. You should have said, "the government might further enslave us." We, our physical self, was sold as collateral by the government to the central bank in 1933 for the interest owned on the debt incurred. Most people are unaware the US govenrment declared bankruptcy in 1933 and we have been in collections ever since. You will often hear peopel say, we are going to go bankrupt. These people are idiots; we are already in bankruptcy. We have been in a declared State of Emergency ever since. As the economy collapses and the govenrment can not pay back the debt it owes to the central bank, for printing worthless paper currency that our Constitution requires our own govenrment does for free without interest, we are the collateral to be paid to the bank. This mean we are all slaves, literally owned by the banks. Most people also do not realize that 100 percent of the income tax collected by the govenrment is paid entirely to the central bank. Not 1 penny of the income tax is used for any services the tax payers expect in the US. This fact was reported in the Grace Commission and every annual Treasury Report.


  • Incognito FatherL... 2012/08/28 18:46:46
  • That1Guy FatherL... 2012/08/29 04:24:43
    That1Guy
    I know we are already enslaved, I just thought that some idiot would try to act all pro-american with me.
  • Incognito That1Guy 2012/08/28 18:38:33
  • Incognito That1Guy 2012/08/28 20:30:50
  • Michaelene 2012/08/28 14:50:53
    No
    Michaelene
    I would not volunteer for such a test.
  • Incognito Michaelene 2012/08/28 18:48:03
  • Michaelene Incognito 2012/09/07 13:43:34
    Michaelene
    +1
    Mind control? I think the DOJ must love this, especially AG Eric Holder.
  • Mr.Reasonable 2012/08/28 14:48:00 (edited)
    No
    Mr.Reasonable
    Whenever ANY technology is publicly known, it's been known about by us 'conspiracy theorists' for years!



    Want to watch something very old (2007) The Illuminati insider tells all about this supposed 'new tech'. It's really actually fascinating!



  • tom C 2012/08/28 14:39:22
    No
    tom  C
    +1
    not yet.......but if Obama gets a second term...he will use this on conservatives..
    by declaring another executive order..
  • ruthann.anderson2 2012/08/28 14:26:43
    No
    ruthann.anderson2
    +3
    Why should I worry?? The governments gonna do what they are gonna do....
  • the fuze 2012/08/28 13:09:26
    Yes
    the fuze
    No thanks.
  • Nika 2012/08/28 12:47:06
    No
    Nika
    +1
    I have nothing of interest for them - not even pin numbers or such. Why should I worry? Why should care?
  • Rave 2012/08/28 11:43:43
    Yes
    Rave
    +1
    They are developing better and better technology and it's amazing but creepy at the same time.

    As a part of my psychology/neurology course, I went to visit this very exclusive university of neuroscience, that yearly conducts some very interesting research into the brain and technology to treat disorders and such.

    While I was there I talked to this professor who had designed his own lie detector which he claimed to be accurate over 95% of the time while in testing, I was there with some class friends and he asked us if we were interesting in seeing it in action. Then we were all told some various pieces of information and plugged into the machine, while in the machine every single time someone told a lie or was near telling a lie or even heard a word which reminded them of the lie, the results clearly showed it. Even the ones that looked very calm and didn't show any signs of nervousness or any specific emotion were caught by the machine.

    I've seen a few lie detectors before but that one really topped them.
  • Scandalf 2012/08/28 11:19:24
    No
    Scandalf
    +6
    If they try to hack my brain, they'll find only porn.
  • andrew.... Scandalf 2012/08/28 13:41:33
  • ruthann... Scandalf 2012/08/28 14:27:38
    ruthann.anderson2
    +1
    Thats hilarious
  • Michaelene Scandalf 2012/08/28 14:45:05
    Michaelene
    +1
    that's too funny :)
  • Incognito Scandalf 2012/08/28 18:49:26
  • Little Red 2012/08/28 10:57:30
    Yes
    Little Red
    In saying that I think people would freak out if they saw what was inside my brain.
  • craptonian 2012/08/28 10:51:19
    No
    craptonian
    where can i obtain this "mindreading" machine?
  • Tastentier craptonian 2012/08/28 16:16:32 (edited)
    Tastentier
    +1
    This device is the Emotiv Epoc, which is sold as a computer and gaming peripheral for approx. $300. It uses sensors to read the wearer's facial expressions, as well as EEG electrodes that pick up on conscious thoughts. For example, you can think "forward" to make an MMO character walk forward, and your facial expression can be transferred to a virtual reality avatar.

    The "mind reading" part has to be trained of course, much like speech recognition software, since it doesn't really read thoughts but detect EEG patterns. You have to train the driver software to interpret your EEG patterns and translate them into commands.

    Here's a youTube video that shows the device in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?...

    A review by a gaming magazine: http://www.joystiq.com/2010/0...

    And the company's official website: http://www.emotiv.com/index.php


    What the researchers did was to display images and numbers to test candidates and measure their emotional reaction using the Epoc. They didn't exactly read their minds, but they were able to determine if photos of bank buildings and certain number combinations had a special meaning to the test participants and were likely stored in their memory.
    This device is the Emotiv Epoc, which is sold as a computer and gaming peripheral for approx. $300. It uses sensors to read the wearer's facial expressions, as well as EEG electrodes that pick up on conscious thoughts. For example, you can think "forward" to make an MMO character walk forward, and your facial expression can be transferred to a virtual reality avatar.

    The "mind reading" part has to be trained of course, much like speech recognition software, since it doesn't really read thoughts but detect EEG patterns. You have to train the driver software to interpret your EEG patterns and translate them into commands.

    Here's a youTube video that shows the device in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?...

    A review by a gaming magazine: http://www.joystiq.com/2010/0...

    And the company's official website: http://www.emotiv.com/index.php


    What the researchers did was to display images and numbers to test candidates and measure their emotional reaction using the Epoc. They didn't exactly read their minds, but they were able to determine if photos of bank buildings and certain number combinations had a special meaning to the test participants and were likely stored in their memory.
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  • Ben 2012/08/28 10:40:45
    No
    Ben
    Western society already seems obsessed with lie detector tests,. be it reality tv or businesses in certain countries using them to test their employees' loyalty.

    This is just one that actually works, but the concept is nothing different to what we've been peddling for decades already.
  • SimianSays 2012/08/28 09:29:31
    No
    SimianSays
    I have nothing to hide.
  • the fuze SimianSays 2012/08/28 12:34:42
    the fuze
    +2
    Pin numbers? Passwords? If you have nothing to hide could you please post these, so that I might steal your identity or access your bank accounts, perhaps I could open some new accounts in your name? Of course with a little work, I could do this without reading your mind, but a machine could make it so much easier.
  • SimianSays the fuze 2012/08/29 00:13:35
    SimianSays
    It's not a matter of IF, THEN. Just because I am not hiding it doesn't mean that I am broadcasting it to the world.
    Some people are so myopic in their thinking. And that goes for the two thumbs up.
  • Super l... SimianSays 2012/08/29 02:04:17

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