ScienceDaily (Feb. 11, 2009) — Researchers at Canada's largest children's rehabilitation hospital have developed a technique that uses infrared light brain imaging to decode preference – with the goal of ultimately opening the world of choice to children who can't speak or move.
In a study published this month in The Journal of Neural Engineering, Bloorview scientists demonstrate the ability to decode a person's preference for one of two drinks with 80 per cent accuracy by measuring the intensity of near-infrared light absorbed in brain tissue.
"This is the first system that decodes preference naturally from spontaneous thoughts," says Sheena Luu, the University of Toronto PhD student in biomedical engineering who led the study under the supervision of Tom Chau, Canada Research Chair in pediatric rehab engineering.
I want this for brain-damaged children. I want this for paralyzed people. I want this to work out in the worst way.
But why is it that all I can think about when I think about this new technology is what some government agent (whether from our government or somewhere else) could do with it at Girmo (or any hellhole in the world)?
This is the world we live in ... wherein you have to think, almost instantly, of the evil we could do with new inventions rather than the good.
Maybe it's just me. I really hope so.