Our thoughts are private – at least we thought they were – but not anymore!
The latest research into neuroscience and artificial intelligence has changed that naive assumption.
The research was published last week by the Queen Mary University in London.
In the research paper they describe how their application of a DNN can now be used to determine a person’s emotional state by analysing their private thoughts using Wi-Fi signals.
(DNN – Deep Neural Network – is a computer algorithm which is structured in a similar way to the organisation of neurons in the human brain.)
Ahsan Noor Khan, a PhD student and first author of the paper, said:
“We’re now looking to investigate how we could use low-cost existing systems, such as Wi-Fi routers, to detect emotions of a large number of people gathered, for instance in an office or work environment.”
THE ORWELLIAN SOCIETY?
Law enforcement could also use this technology to look for emotional changes in a crowd that might lead to violence.
Naturally this conjures up Orwell’s prediction of the ‘thought police’ depicted in his novel 1984.
In Orwell’s novel the ‘thought police’ are experts at reading people’s faces in order to seek out beliefs which are not sanctioned by a totalitarian state.
ANOTHER ‘BLACK MIRROR’ PREDICTION?
The storms are raging on the rolling sea
And on the highway of regret
The winds of change are blowing wild and free
You ain’t seen nothing like me yet
1984 is not the only example of thought reading technology with dystopian potential.
In “Crocodile,” an episode of Netflix’s Black Mirror series, it portrayed a memory-reading technology being used to investigate accidents for insurance purposes.
The “corroborator” device used a square node placed on a victim’s temple, which then displayed their memories on a computer screen.
TERRIFYING PROGRESS MADE
At first this human interface with Artificial Intelligence may seem a little farfetched, but one prediction has already estimated that this technology will be in use by the 2040s.
Brain computer interfaces (BCI) are making terrifying progress on several fronts.
Back in 2016 research at the Arizona State University showed a student wearing a cap that contained 130 sensors connected to a computer which detected the student’s brain waves.
With these sensors attached to his head the student was able to control the flights of three drones – using just his mind!
The device let him move the drones by simply thinking directional commands: up, down, left, right.
Advance a few years to 2019 and the headgear is far more streamlined. Now there are brain-drone races.
POTENTIAL ABUSE OF BRAIN/COMPUTER INTERACTION.
The horror of these BCI implants are now being developed by Neuralink, an evil entity owned by Elon Musk.
Unlike the previous examples, Neuralink intends to implant Brain Computer Interfaces directly into the human brain.
Incredibly Musk expects you to believe that his tech/brain interface is only being developed in order to help human beings keep pace with the increasing power of AI.
BCI IMPLANTS COMING SOON
If AI-enabled BCI developments seem unbelievable, then it stands to reason that the latest breakthroughs are truly terrifying.
If Elon Musk’s software is poised to eat your conscious mind then one has to ask the question.
Will this technology be used for a secret hidden agenda – namely global mind control?
For now, our freedom of thinking and thoughts remain private unto us.
However, be afraid, be very afraid, that may no longer be true in the near future.