The CIA were involved in a programme of experiments on humans and animals to identify and develop drugs capable of mind control back in the 1950s. Project MKUltra was organised through the Office of Scientific Intelligence and coordinated with the U.S. Army Biological Warfare Laboratories in a bid to force confessions during interrogations. Nita Farahany, a leading scientist has now revealed how artificial intelligence may allow for history to repeat itself once again.
“With our growing capabilities in neuroscience, artificial intelligence and machine learning, we may soon know a lot more of what’s happening in the human brain,” she revealed at a TedTalk event.
“I’m deeply concerned about what this means for our freedom and what kinds of protections we need.
“I believe we need a right to cognitive liberty, as a human right that needs to be protected.
“If not, our freedom of thought, access and control over our own brains and our mental privacy will be threatened.”
Farahany revealed how even the most basic brain-tracking devices, using technology similar to fitness trackers, could soon be part of our everyday routine.
She detailed: “I wore one of the early consumer-based EEG (electroencephalogram) devices, which recorded the electrical activity in my brain in real time.
“It’s not unlike the fitness trackers that some of you may be wearing to measure your heart rate or the steps that you’ve taken, or even your sleep activity.
“It’s hardly the most sophisticated brain imaging technique on the market, but it’s already the most portable and the most likely to impact our everyday lives.
“This is extraordinary. Through a simple, wearable device, we can literally see inside the human brain and learn aspects of our mental landscape without ever uttering a word.
“While we can’t reliably decode complex thoughts just yet, we can already gauge a person’s mood, and with the help of artificial intelligence, we can even decode some single-digit numbers or shapes or simple words that a person is thinking or hearing, or seeing.”
Farahany, who is a professor in law and philosophy, was speaking at a TedTalks event in November 2018.
As an Iranian–American citizen, she was inspired to study brain activity after the 2009 presidential election protests in Iran.
She revealed how when she called her parents during the violent crackdowns, they would be too scared to tell her the truth about what was going on in case the government heard.
Then her fears increased when she contemplated the possibility of officials being able to read their thoughts.
Source : EXPRESS