Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Emerging Neurotechnologies as Lie Detectors

Last year, the American Journal of Bioethics published an issue devoted to emerging issues in neurotechnologies with a target article entitled 'Emerging Neurotechnologies for Lie-Detection: Promises and Perils'.
Now, the Washington Post confirms that this technology is well on its way to being used routinely in an article about fMRIs and brain scan interrogations.
Hank Greely, a law professor who directs the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences, said that this development indicated a " significant change in our ability ... to invade what has been the last untouchable sanctuary, the contents of your own mind..It should make us stop and think to what extent we should allow this to be done."

Very true, Hank -- it does make me wonder if the current administration would consider adopting and using (or abusing) this technology for its 'war on terrorism'.

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