Scientists in Germany are using an MRI machine to read people’s intentions and predict future behavior with a success rate of 71%.Â Finally, a development that could put Sylvia Browne out of business.
TheÂ experimenters are working with volunteers that are unaware of the subject of the experiment.Â They are slid into an MRI machine and asked to decide whether to add or subtract two numbers.Â The scientists haveÂ isolated the part of the brain reponsible for intent and have learned to read “thought signatures” that indicate which of the two decisionsÂ subjects will make.
Â The technology is both ground-breaking and frightening to some, as much technology is today (e.g. stem cell research).Â The primary concerns are:
1.Â Will authorities eventually be able to monitor citizens’ thoughts surreptitiously?
2.Â Could authorities take action against citizens based on theirÂ “intent”, before a crime is actually committed?
The technology has more practical applications, which the scientists claim was their intent.Â For example, a mind-reading machine couldÂ allow the paralyzed to performÂ day-to-day activities like changing TV channels, among other things.Â Regardless of all benefits and concerns, mass-marketing of this technology is years in the future.
I think the experimenters should take Randi’s challenge.Â It would great to see that money go toward scientific research that could help the paralyzed.