It appears that we are about 5-10 years away from seeing this technology mature to the point where it will become as ubiquitous as the cell phone. Once mature this technology will make our thoughts and memories completely transparent. It will completely eliminate privacy as we understand the notion today and redefine everything from court trials to job interviews. Imagine how different the O.J. Simpson trial or the recent Trayvon Martin trial would have been if we would have had the ability to make the thoughts and memories of Mr. Simpson or Mr. Zimmerman completely transparent.
Does anyone see anything positive coming out of these developments?
The author of The Truth Machine did: in that story, political candidates who refused to be interviewed under the undefeatable lie detector found themselves unelectable. Some aspects of that SF world were misses, IMO: supposedly almost all mental illness could be cured by talk therapy done with the truth machine.
Great book by James Halperin!
The curing of mental illness rung a bell with me when reading that book as well.
I hate being lied to and deceived, and so I would love to be able to tell when someone is lying. That's one of the positives of the technology, but I can think of so many negatives that it's scary.
My guess is 100 years or more before our minds can be read. There are other technologies that are more worrisome to me because they're much closer. Video and audio surveillance for one (or is it 2?).
Could you outline some of the negatives? I think it would be interesting to unpack them and, even more interesting, to hear people's thoughts as we do.
depends on ... if you use your name? or..
@ times yeah. the old-school is the new newschool haaaa
you talking a mob mentality taking on cyber mob? or what are we getting at here. the validity of INTERPOL?
very valid nowdays. sadistic pedos should be sent to island jail surrounded by sharks..
With this sort of technology refined we would be able to see pedophile thoughts and desires as they develop and pre-empt them. Would this not be a far better solution for the problem going forward? I'm not taking away anything from punishment of existing offenders at all; that seems to be a different discussion altogether. I think this technology could give us a complete solution to the entire issue.
I had a couple stories related to this topic published in Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine about 10 years ago. I have them up on my web site now.
This one is about the French equivalent of the NSA peeking into the mind of a Russian leader:
This one is about communicating "telepathically" via embedded cellphone chips that interface with the peripheral nervous system
The first story is still a little bit in the future but the 2nd story is close to being doable today.
I am about halfway through the first story; you are a very good writer, by the way. No spoilers here!
Thanks for the compliment!