More “mind reading” hyperbole in today’s New York Times Magazine: The Cyborg in Us All.
I’ve talked about EEG-related technology many times in the past. Here are some quotes from the article:
This creates a pulse in his brain that travels through the wires into a computer. Thus, a thought becomes a software command.
We’re close to being able to reconstruct the actual music heard in the brain and play it.
… a “telepathy helmet” that would allow soldiers to beam thoughts to one another.
The NeuralPhone was meant to demonstrate that one day we might mind-control the contact lists on our phones.
The general public has two reactions when the lay press publishes this kind of stuff:
- I always knew this would come true. I.e. perpetuation of scientific fantasies.
- This is really scary stuff. I don’t want anybody reading my mind — or worse, controlling it.
“This is freaky.” And it was.
Huh? … I think the NYT needs to improve their editorial oversight.