Reading Minds

I’ve just heard that the University of California has had some success in developing software which can read people’s thoughts.  The motivation behind this is very commendable.  It will help people without the power of speech to communicate.  What a wonderful breakthrough.

And yet.  I wonder how such a power might be mis-used.  Police forces will be able to read the thoughts of suspects.  That may be all right if the mind being read is innocent.  But few people are entirely innocent.  Someone may ‘pass the test’ of this investigation but what if some over zealous policem man discovers dirty secrets for which the person was not arrested.

Governments will be able to read the thoughts of dissidents and opposition politicians.  Religious bigots will be able to read the thoughts of believers and non-believers, stoking the flames in their own minds as they do.

Well done University of California.  I think, however, that this is one Pandora’s Box which should be fastened tight for ever.

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About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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