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I know what you're thinking

Scientists in America have succeeded in reading peoples’ minds using a new technique developed from standard hospital MRI scanning instruments.


Don’t get too worried though. This isn’t the start of the “thought police” just yet. They’ve only managed to accurately predict which black and white image images people are looking at, so those of you thinking in colour are still safe.

However, who knows what the future my hold. Could crimes against fashion be prevented before they’ve even been committed? (“We know you wish to purchase a lime-green crop top and a sparkly cowboy hat circa Madonna 2000. Thy must be exterminated.”) Or even worse, could the technology be harnessed to root out closet gays in homophobic environments?

The team who have made the breakthrough themselves have said: "It is possible that decoding brain activity could have serious ethical and privacy implications downstream in, say, the 30 to 50-year time frame… [We] believe strongly that no one should be subjected to any form of brain-reading process involuntarily, covertly, or without complete informed consent."

Very true. That said, there may be a case for those green crop tops…

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