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New computers can delete a person’s thoughts, scientists require harsh regulations

The development of neurotechnology has become so advanced, that scientists ask for very harsh regulations, especially in the context in which thoughts can be “deleted” with advanced computers without those affected realising it, according to The Independent.

Freedom of conscience is guaranteed in every Constitution and international treaty, yet several scientists now require for this to be included in strict laws, considering the fact that there are already technologies that can read the mind.

Facebook is already working on such a technology, and Intel has something similar.


Moreover, scientists now developed a series of devices capable of stating whether people are left-wing or right-wing with an accuracy of 70%.

Two scientists published in the journal Life Sciences, Society and Policy an article in which they say that “unprecedented opportunities” resulting from neuropsychic research show that neurotechnology will end up in day to day life.

Except that these technologies can be used in a malicious way. They warn that malicious brain-hacking and hazardous uses of medical neurotechnology require the redefinition of mental integrity.

They claim that “the right to mental privacy is a neuro-specific privacy right which protects private or sensitive information in a person’s mind from unauthorised collection, storage, use, or even deletion in digital form or otherwise.”

They also warn that “illicit intrusions into a person’s mental privacy may not necessarily involve coercion, as they could be performed under the threshold of a persons’ conscious experience.”

The scientists propose the introduction of four new fundamental rights: the right to cognitive freedom, the right to private intimacy, the right to mental integrity and the right to psychological continuity.

Professor Roberto Andorno from the University of Zurich says that scanning the brain reached such an advanced level that there are debates regarding its introduction as evidence in legal actions.


Companies also use neuromarketing in order to understand consumer behaviour and influence them to act according to their wishes.

Daniel Higgson