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Originally posted by GreatTech
Can we see a thought take place in the brain, from either a short distance or a long distance?
Originally posted by ShadowXIX
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I have read some KGB files on electronic mind control devices one of which was even claimed to have been used on the US Ambassador in Moscow. They focused the signal from a building across the street at his Embassy office and its reported to have messed him up with all types of ill effects. He couldnt concentrate, got bad migrane headaches, became ill etc..
The recent discovery that magnetic resonance imaging can be used to map changes in brain hemodynamics that correspond to mental operations extends traditional anatomical imaging to include maps of human brain function. The ability to observe both the structures and also which structures participate in specific functions is due to a new technique called functional magnetic resonance imaging, fMRI, and provides high resolution, noninvasive reports of neural activity detected by a blood oxygen level dependent signal (Ogawa, et al, 1990 a and b, 1992, 1993; Belliveau, et al, 1990, 1991). This new ability to directly observe brain function opens an array of new opportunities to advance our understanding of brain organization,. . .
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FUTURE ROLE IN UNDERSTANDING THE PHYSIOLOGICAL BASIS FOR COGNITIVE AND PERCEPTUAL EVENTS
Due to the ability to image the entire 3-dimensional volume of brain, fMRI is capable of isolating many simultaneous and coordinated brain events. This "multi-level" view of brain activity can include "executive" functions and high level cognitive tasks simultaneously with the primary and secondary input such as vision and audition as well as cerebellar contributions. We are currently applying fMRI methods to identify brain structures uniquely involved with visual perceptions, language generation, comprehension of sequential information as in a movie, the execution of visually guided responses, and complex problem solving. These aspects of brain function have not previously been scrutinized with such precision, and represent some of the remaining frontiers in Neuroscience.
Robots are one step closer to taking over the world today with news that researchers have developed an interface for Honda's Asimo robot that allows individuals to control it simply by thinking. The system, developed by Honda and ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories, uses an MRI machine to measure a person's brain signals, which are then relayed to Asimo. In a demonstration, a person in the MRI machine made a fist, then made a V-sign, which Asimo imitated a few seconds later. The same system could potentially be used to control a keyboard or phone, researchers say, or even help people with spinal cord injuries move their limbs. From there, we assume, it's only a matter of time before the bots learn to reverse the process, initiating a mind control link over their would-be masters.
The most likely technology to be used for anti-terrorism purposes is Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), which can produce live, real-time images of people's brains as they answer questions, view images, listen to sounds, and respond to other stimuli. Two private companies have announced that they will begin to offer "lie detection" services using fMRI as early as this summer. These companies are marketing their services to federal government agencies, including the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, the National Security Agency and the CIA, and to state and local police departments.
Originally posted by GreatTech
Gools, thank you for your reply. Do you mean a human thought in images or language can be seen and altered by blocking the necessary chemicals and forces for this thought, or by inserting chemicals or forces that can produce a thought? Can certain chemical or force thoughts, whether they be image or language, be "read" by computer or otherwise, by this technology?
Originally posted by fingapointa
That sounds like a version of an Active_Denial_System. That's what I'd call the "lo-res" version, one that causes some general effect on behaviour and cognition, but unable to direct a specific action. I mean he didn't suddenly have a desire to jump out the window or shout classified secrets from the window, he just felt crap.