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The following comment from the Washington Post article led to a bit of speculation-


That comment lead to the question- Is computer telepathy (translating mind signals into computer language) fiction?

The following comment from the article below paints a clearer picture-

"Thanks to new technology, scientists can now read minds"

Would it be a bother if private thoughts could be intercepted?


Should Congress Begin the Discussion of Citizens Having the Right to Private Thoughts?

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  •  Another gem from the article (1+ / 0-)
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    "...and now, scientists can even make a copycat video of what movie a person has just watched"

    Sorta gives a whole new meaning to the concept of Reality TV

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  •  Interesting use for such a technology (1+ / 0-)
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    With the use of implants, this article points highlights how such a technology could help those without the ability to use speech for communication.

  •  "windows into men’s souls and secret thoughts" (2+ / 0-)
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    zenox, Wee Mama

    Governments are not immune to unethical behavior.  It is said that Queen Elizabeth I of England prevented a thought censorship law because she did not approve of “windows into men’s souls and secret thoughts”.

  •  The Constitution (0+ / 0-)

    The constitution omits any mention as to the right of private thoughts.  With technology advancing rapidly, would it be a good time to embark on such a conversation?

  •  Nevermind the telepathy. (6+ / 0-)

    At school, my kids use some kind of google application suite for a lot of their work. It's all in the cloud, you know, so when they come home, they can work on the stuff. And yes, the applications save data while you are typing, so they can indeed observe your thought process as you add text, then delete it, or replace it, or whatever. AFAICT, google mail does the same thing, creating and updating drafts whether i ask it to or not.

    To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

    by UntimelyRippd on Sat Jun 08, 2013 at 03:09:33 PM PDT

  •  Obviously ancient alien technology (1+ / 0-)
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    Because humans as stupid as the ones making up this fantasy drivel couldn't possibly invent these mystical magical mind-reading computers.

    "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Sat Jun 08, 2013 at 03:15:19 PM PDT

    •  LOL (1+ / 0-)
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      Just exploring the idea.  What are your thoughts on having a conversation on the topic with regard to the constitution?  

      •  Like trying to relate cheese to the Constitution (1+ / 0-)
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        Except that cheese is a real thing.

        Seriously, I don't think I can get past the layers of fallacies that form this "literally watch your ideas as you type" fantasy.

        The obvious fallacy is the idea that people type their ideas. Or their ideas relate to their thoughts. Or that the big bad ebil gubmint is so unbelievably powerful and magical. Or that...

        If this is speculation, then they should have asked a 3rd grader who would have been able to conjur up something slightly plausible.

        This just tells me that the Washington Post doesn't have editors and publishes the fantasies of really, really, stupid people.

        But Free Speech, you know.

        It's overrated.

        "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

        by GrumpyOldGeek on Sat Jun 08, 2013 at 07:14:25 PM PDT

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        •  Published Researched (0+ / 0-)

          An article on this youtube video below was released in the form of a news article sometime around last month.  It appears mind-reading technology seems to be only a matter of time, no?

          Given this speculation, when would be the appropriate time for Congress to begin discussing adding the right to private thoughts to the bill of rights?

          •  Mind-reading is not possible (1+ / 0-)
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            A fantasy coming from a self-proclaimed scientist is just a fantasy.

            Scientists who are experts in the applicable fields have shown that such a concept is not possible.

            Of course, Congress could continue to prove that they're just a bunch of paranoid morons and waste more time doing nothing. So there's that.

            Some states have passed laws that prohibit killing a Bigfoot.


            "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

            by GrumpyOldGeek on Sun Jun 09, 2013 at 03:23:20 PM PDT

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        •  The lab rats (0+ / 0-)

          in the article were in different countries.

    •  In Fact (1+ / 0-)
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      "mind-reading computers" has a nice ring to it....changing the title of the thread.  

  •  Mine would be boring (1+ / 0-)
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    Let's face it, most of my thoughts are about things that need doing.  Occasionally I admire some guy's butt or arms.  Or think something uncomplimentary about random people's outfits.  Not exactly fascinating stuff.

    Basically, just watch an episode of Family Guy and you covered most of my salient topics for the week.

    (-6.38, -7.03) Moderate left, moderate libertarian

    by Lonely Liberal in PA on Sat Jun 08, 2013 at 04:03:39 PM PDT

  •  GOP Will Insist Waterboarding Works Better nt (1+ / 0-)
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    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Sat Jun 08, 2013 at 04:23:11 PM PDT

  •  Can also seed your computer. (2+ / 0-)
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    Cat4everrr, Throw The Bums Out

    Do you know what your computer downloaded today?  My computer does automatic upgrades all the time from Microsoft and others.  I can at least in those cases go look what the files claim to be but I really don't know.  Last month I wiped the HD and re-installed Vista to get rid of bugs and bloatware.  Now I already have an operating system bug again.  Not just a browser bug but a problem with the OS.  I don't know where it came from.  I have no idea what data has been downloaded to cause it or why.  But it's there for a reason.  

    Lets say that I'm not doing anything illegal but annoying certain people.  Lets say I'm an Occupy organizer.  Remember us.  At one time we were threatening the status-quo and had to go.  The vast majority of people involved in Occupy were not doing illegal things.  I never was for sure.  We know that Occupy was spied on and that it had to do with the final coordinated attacks that killed the camps.  

    Is it possible that the problems I have had are side effects of surveillance programs?  I know that I have removed Key Stroke Loggers which are how they watch your me type this right now.  (If they are.)

    Is it possible to have child porn implanted on your computer and not know it.  Of course it is.  And unless you know what to look for you probably won't even know were to look.  I've lost things I knew I downloaded and had a problem finding where they went.  

    It's never safe to assume that they can't or won't come after you just because you "think" you have done nothing illegal.  These are secret ops.  Even with what we know there are still a universe of things we don't even know that we don't know that are possible and can be used to ensnare anyone.  

    And now were know that just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that they aren't out to get you either.  A few months ago this would have been whole subject would have been discounted as a paranoid conspiracy.  Now look it it.  

    A bad idea isn't responsible for those who believe it. ---Stephen Cannell

    by YellerDog on Sat Jun 08, 2013 at 04:28:29 PM PDT

  •  The solution is simple, copy-paste your text... (1+ / 0-)
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    from another application into the cloud mail system. If you want privacy, then encrypt it first or use codes. If you want more protection, write it on paper, take a digital photo and send that.

    -We need Healthcare Reform... but i'm selfish, I Need Healthcare reform-

    by JPax on Sat Jun 08, 2013 at 04:45:13 PM PDT

  •  test (0+ / 0-)


    When my cats aren't happy, I'm not happy. Not because I care about their mood but because I know they're just sitting there thinking up ways to get even. -Percy Bysshe

    by Cat4everrr on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 03:50:31 PM PDT

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