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The technology is no longer science fiction. A team of neuroscientists has developed technology that allows them to look deep inside a person's brain and read their intentions before they act.
During tests, researchers were able to successfully predict the intentions of multiple subjects with 70% accuracy by scanning their brains using a technique called functional magnetic imaging resonance.
The study revealed signatures of activity in a small part of the brain called the medial prefrontal cortex that changed when a person took a choice to do something before carrying out the action.
The researchers are already devising ways of deducing what patterns are associated with different thoughts.
According to the Guardian report, Professor Colin Blakemore, a neuroscientist and director of the Medical Research Council, said: "We shouldn't go overboard about the power of these techniques at the moment, but what you can be absolutely sure of is that these will continue to roll out and we will have more and more ability to probe people's intentions, minds, background thoughts, hopes and emotions.
"We see the danger that this might become compulsory one day, but we have to be aware that if we prohibit it, we are also denying people who aren't going to commit any crime the possibility of proving their innocence." Professor Haynes at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany told the Guardian.
Last month we also reported on documents leaked from the Home Office in London revealing that the government is looking into using X-ray technology cameras by concealing them in lamp posts to "trap terror suspects".
The helmets amplify frequency bands that coincide with those allocated to the US government between 1.2 Ghz and 1.4 Ghz. According to the FCC, These bands are supposedly reserved for ''radio location'' (ie, GPS), and other communications with satellites (see, for example, ). The 2.6 Ghz band coincides with mobile phone technology. Though not affiliated by government, these bands are at the hands of multinational corporations.
It requires no stretch of the imagination to conclude that the current helmet craze is likely to have been propagated by the Government, possibly with the involvement of the FCC. We hope this report will encourage the paranoid community to develop improved helmet designs to avoid falling prey to these shortcomings.
Reading Hidden Intentions in the Human Brain
John-Dylan Haynes1, 2, 3, 4, 5, , , Katsuyuki Sakai6, Geraint Rees4, 5, Sam Gilbert4, Chris Frith5 and Richard E. Passingham5, 7
1Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
2Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, 10115 Berlin, Germany
3Charité – Universitätsmedizin, 10115 Berlin, Germany
4Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, WC1N 3AR London, United Kingdom
5Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, Institute of Neurology, University College London, WC1N 3BG London, United Kingdom
6Department of Cognitive Neuroscience, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
7Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, OX1 3UD Oxford, United Kingdom
Received 11 September 2006; revised 24 November 2006; accepted 27 November 2006. Published online: February 8, 2007. Available online 8 February 2007.
When humans are engaged in goal-related processing, activity in prefrontal cortex is increased [1 and 2]. However, it has remained unclear whether this prefrontal activity encodes a subject's current intention . Instead, increased levels of activity could reflect preparation of motor responses [4 and 5], holding in mind a set of potential choices , tracking the memory of previous responses , or general processes related to establishing a new task set. Here we study subjects who freely decided which of two tasks to perform and covertly held onto an intention during a variable delay. Only after this delay did they perform the chosen task and indicate which task they had prepared. We demonstrate that during the delay, it is possible to decode from activity in medial and lateral regions of prefrontal cortex which of two tasks the subjects were covertly intending to perform. This suggests that covert goals can be represented by distributed patterns of activity in the prefrontal cortex, thereby providing a potential neural substrate for prospective memory 8, 9 and 10. During task execution, most information could be decoded from a more posterior region of prefrontal cortex, suggesting that different brain regions encode goals during task preparation and task execution. Decoding of intentions was most robust from the medial prefrontal cortex, which is consistent with a specific role of this region when subjects reflect on their own mental states.