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2004-01-29 5:33 PM
I Can Read Your Mind (and it's admissable in court!)
Here's some science for you:
When an individual sees a word or image on a computer screen that's familiar in their memory, the brain emits an impulse known by the scientific community as P300. This impulse, one of a broad category of responses known as MERMERs (Memory and Encoding Related Multifaceted Electroencephalographic Response)is now, according to creator Lawrence Farwell and the Iowa Supreme Court, able to be detected using Farwell's new technology and the results (does recognize or doesn't recognize) are admissible as evidence in a court of law.
It's called, "Brain Fingerprinting."
You see, they take someone suspected of murder and show them, for example, six different weapons, one of which is the murder weapon. If there is a memory in the brain of the murder weapon, (implying that only the murderer would have detailed memories of the murder commited) then the brain will emit a P300 response and the machine will detect it.
So far, one man wrongly convicted of murder in the State of Iowa and jailed wrongly for twenty-two years has won his freedom with this technology.
I find it interesting that this technology comes to the news in the form of a wrongly convicted murderer being proven innocent.
Is it just me, or does this sound like well planned marketing?
I hope you all are shuddering with me a little at this point.
Would you like to hear something else? The creator claims 100 percent accuracy. Has the shuddering increased?
Does it bother anyone that this new technology is being rushed into the hands of law enforcement officials and government agencies (Farwell's research has been funded by the FBI and the CIA and the FBI has allowed Farwell to test his machine at the Langley, Virginia training facility) before the science is proven in the scientific community. Farwell himself says that while he understands his peers wanting to keep research in the halls of academia, he feels a sense of purpose to get his technology into the hands of people who can use it for good.
The state will protect you from harm.
Please, come down to Room 101. Everything can be explained there nicely.
Joseph Haines, signing off from The Edge of the Abyss.
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