Thursday, August 18, 2016

Monitoring our Brain Signals (part 4/5)

Although mind-reading is still a ways off, hackers (and others) can track an individual over time, which allows a more conclusive picture to be formed about that person. Through the use of different images placed briefly across the screen, the method has proven to be 72% to 84% accurate. The research team found that 60% of the time they could find a person's home, and 40% of the time they could recognize the first number of a PIN number. By simply using the word “Bank” and throwing different PIN number combinations on screen, it was found that the recipient could be induced to subconsciously think of their own, and this information could be snatched right out of the EEG signal. “Thought Crime” in George Orwell's famous novel, “1984,” is something that could easily be a possibility in our future. Already, our smart-TV's are listening to and recording our conversations for “marketing purposes” (unless you go into the settings and turn that “feature” off—at least there's the option to at the moment.) Imagine a TV that employs technology to read your thoughts by scanning your EEG signals? It will be an exciting feature to have a TV that knows how much to raise the volume or change the channel when you think about it, but what else is it learning that you don't know about?

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