Terrorist ‘pre-crime’ screening system aims to pinpoint passengers with malicious intentions. via
So you might have thought all this jazz about brain scanning will just stay in the lab for a few more years. Most neuroscientists would like that. The majority of them have been contending that scanning for certain detection purposes just isn’t ready for real life use, pending further validation studies.
Well, the US Department of Homeland Security is leaping ahead like only it can and collecting data for a new technology by taking lab work to the field, using a walk through polygraph type scan in a “novel security programme that can supposedly ‘sense’ whether you are planning to commit a crime”. via .
More about FAST, or Future Attribute Screening Technology:
Like a lie detector, FAST measures a variety of physiological indicators, ranging from heart rate to the steadiness of a person’s gaze, to judge a subject’s state of mind. But there are major differences from the polygraph. FAST relies on non-contact sensors, so it can measure indicators as someone walks through a corridor at an airport, and it does not depend on active questioning of the subject. via
This may sound like a controversial technique, and you may be questioning the methods (as you do) and thinking about false positives, legal questions about intent or thought crimes and how exactly are we able to define malicious intent in via physiological signs…but as a screening tool, it’s a pretty amazing possibility. That the researchers claim to be getting a 70% accuracy rate so far (I know, I know: lab methods) is even more incredible. I feel repeating that it’s a screening tool is necessary. We have a lot of them far from 100%
In another article about a “…new brain imaging system that can identify a subject’s simple thoughts may lead to clearer diagnoses for Alzheimer’s disease or schizophrenia – as well as possibly paving the way for reading people’s minds”, researchers once again proclaim, “The idea of the system being used by security services or the justice system to interrogate prisoners or suspects is far-fetched.”
Um, I got 20 bucks that says it isn’t.