This is more than a little scary:
The New York Times is reporting that an Indian criminal court accepted a brain scan as evidence of guilt in a murder trial in India earlier this year. The developer of the the Brain Electrical Oscillation Signature (BEOS) test claims that it uses electrodes to detect when regions of the brain “light up” with guilty knowledge.
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As the Times points out, most U.S. experts doubt that the BEOS technology has been propoerly validated. However, neuroscience researchers are working toward creating such a “truth machine.”
The potential for abuse is so great that it makes “1984” seem like a romantic comedy. Never lie to the Truth Machine!