I did a story on the air tonight about an experiment carried out at UC Berkeley. Using an MRI researchers were able to get brain imagery as subjects watched movies. The researchers then used that data to display an image similar to what the subject was seeing!
Amazing. Creepy. They are literally reading minds!
I don’t want anyone knowing what I’m thinking. It’s important to think without a filter, to consider lots of ideas you’ll never follow. That’s best done without outside scrutiny.
We are rapidly losing privacy. Maybe no one’s specifically tracking your every move right now, but if you carry a cellphone where you’ve been is available. So is where, when and what you buy.
Companies on the Internet track our every move. You’re usually anonymous and only considered in the aggregate, but the specific details of what you do are preserved and if someone really wanted to know they could.
My mind is the last place I can truly keep secrets. I don’t want it opened up for exploration.
It is possible that decoding brain activity could have serious ethical and privacy implications downstream in, say, the 30- to 50-year time frame. – The Gallant Lab at UC Berkeley