An interesting, if at points disturbing, article which is an excerpt from Michio Kaku’s book, ‘The Future of the Mind‘. Kaku never fails to deliver wonder.
Houdini believed that true telepathy was impossible. But science is proving Houdini wrong.
Telepathy is now the subject of intense research at universities around the world where scientists have already been able to read individual words, images, and thoughts of our brain by combining the latest scanning technology with pattern recognition software. This could revolutionize the way we communicate with stroke and accident victims who are “locked in” their bodies, unable to articulate their thoughts except through blinks of their eyes. But that’s just the start. It might also radically change the way we interact with computers and the outside world.
The article talks about the benefits of this technology for locked-in and other paralyzed patients, but I’m sure a lot of other people are going to be concerned about how this technology could be misused. It’s not hard to imagine a future court order being issued to require someone to submit to mind reading.