Can you interfere with someone’s thoughts using technology?
Asked by Rainu Kuar via email Yes. But if I tell you how, I’ll have to kill you! (Just kidding) There has been some recent research showing it is possible to know what a person is going to do before they do it. Using sensors, it is possible to anticipate whether someone is going to move, or do a mathematical sum a few moments before even they are aware they are about to. It seems that the brain ‘decides’ what to do, before your conscious awareness. Scary. And you thought you had free will? These researchers are now looking at whether it is possible to interfere with and change these decisions. Researchers at MIT have shown that by firing powerful magnetic fields into a specific region of the brain (using a technology called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) a person’s moral decisions can be altered. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is now being investigated as a possible treatment for depression and other psychiatric conditions. But depending on how you look at it, we are constantly using technology to alter other people’s thoughts. Take television advertising and Tasers as examples… Read the full answer online
Answered by Dr Stu and Lewis Pike