Army developing ‘synthetic telepathy’
UN Commission of Human Rights, Interpol, EU Commission of Ethics
Vocal cords were overrated anyway. A new Army grant aims to create email or voice mail and send it by thought alone. No need to type an e-mail, dial a phone or even speak a word.
Known as synthetic telepathy, the technology is based on reading electrical activity in the brain using an electroencephalograph, or EEG. Similar technology is being marketed as a way to control video games by thought.
“I think that this will eventually become just another way of communicating,” said Mike D’Zmura, from the University of California, Irvine and the lead scientist on the project.
Artificial Telepathy machine cannot possibly be advertised and sold on the open market for obvious reasons: they would utterly destroying the privacy of many, many people. “Peeking” into the lives of others would quickly pervert itself into stalking, mind rape, privacy violation, identity theft and information theft on a massive scale.
Public sale of Artificial Telepathy technology would inevitably result in the stealing of bank account numbers, PIN numbers, passwords, trade secrets, etc., which in turn would inevitably translate into actual theft. The damage to the economy could be catastrophic, and the sudden disappearance of privacy – all privacy – might literally cause society as we know it to melt down.
For all of these reasons, Artificial Telepathy may be rightly called a “non-lethal” H-Bomb. The damage done to society by release of such technology would be nightmarish. See for example the dystopian film Strange Days(1995, starring Ralph Fiennes) in which dream thieves use a technology called “SQUID” to jack into the minds of people, record their experiences, and sell those experiences on disc:
See also the film “Artificial Telepathy” (Dir. Mitchell Cox), from which the movie poster (above) is taken:
No one would die as a direct result of the Artificial Telepathy’s use. It is a “non-lethal weapon.”
But nothing would ever be the same again.
Most scientists and lawyers understand this. Indeed, if the maker of an Artificial Telepathy weapon tried to sell the product on the open market, the number of people who would line up to sue that manufacturer would probably circle the Earth.
Third in line would be a lawyer representing every voice-hearer and human rights advocate in the Western hemisphere. That’s a large number of people.
Second in line would be a lawyer bringing a massive class-action suit joined by every paranoid corporation that has a trade secret to hide. That is, almost every corporation in the world.
First in line would be the United States government. Every copy of the machine, its blueprints, and its patent documents, would be immediately seized and locked away on the grounds of national security.
The miltary reasons for grabbing up this technology and suppressing it are obvious: With Artificial Telepathy, there is no such thing as a surprise attack. And without the element of surprise, war becomes impossible. Artificial Telepathy machines could potentially put every single G.I. Joe at the DOD out of work. And as far as the Department of Defense is concerned, any technology that puts them out of work is a weapon of mass destruction.
Even if it doesn’t kill anyone.
Translation: No one gets one of these weapons but Uncle Sam. The United States Department of Defense has no objections to weapons of mass destruction. It just objects to anyone else owning one.
Although any government would strictly forbid public ownership of such technology, every government would certainly want to use the Artificial Telepathy machine itself. Far from destroying such a weapon, most military service branches would probably compete for possession of one, as would every law enforcement organization and every intelligence agency under the sun. Some would argue that the machine ought to be destroyed, but others would find that the lure of knowing exactly what the “enemy” is thinking is far too intoxicating to pass up.
An Artificial Telepathy weapon is, after all, a spy agency’s dream.
Conclusion: If or (more properly) when an Artificial Telepathy machine is developed, it will certainly be classified as a weapon – specifically a “Non-Lethal Weapon.” It will never be released on the public market. The public will be given no clue that it exists, and the military branches of different countries will fight fiercely among themselves for possession of this cool new toy.
Within the U.S. military branches, the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines will probably squabble with the intelligence community, law enforcement and the Department of Justice for possession and control, then finally settle on a scheme for sharing control among themselves. Most likely they will combine forces (and budgets) to build and manage new weapons based on the first Artificial Telepathy technology. If the weapons work, everyone will claim to be the proud Papa. If the cover is blown, and Congress launches a massive investigation, the program will be orphaned. Everyone can back off and point fingers at each other.
Joining forces means everyone wins, and nobody is to blame.
Given this conclusion, we can now ask ourselves a simple question: Where would the military hide its deep-black research program into Artificial Telepathy, if such technology exists?
Answer: They would hide Artificial Telepathy under cover of a Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program.
The idea of communicating by thought alone is not a new one. In the 1960s, a researcher strapped an EEG to his head and, with some training, could stop and start his brain’s alpha waves to compose Morse code messages.
The Army grant to researchers at University of California, Irvine, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Maryland has two objectives. The first is to compose a message using, as D’Zmura puts it, “that little voice in your head.”
The second part is to send that message to a particular individual or object (like a radio), also just with the power of thought. Once the message reaches the recipient, it could be read as text or as a voice mail.
While the money may come from the Army and its first use could be for covert operations, D’Zmura thinks that thought-based communication will find more use in the civilian realm.
“The eventual application I see is for students sitting in the back of the lecture hall not paying attention because they are texting,” said D’Zmura. “Instead, students could be back there, just thinking to each other.”
EEG-based gaming devices are large and fairly conspicuous, but D’Zmura thinks that eventually they could be incorporated into a baseball hat or a hood.
Another use for such a system is for patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS. As the disease progresses, patients have fully functional brains but slowly lose control over their muscles. Synthetic telepathy could be a way for these patients to communicate.
One of the first areas for thought-based communication is in the gaming world, said Paul Sajda of Columbia University.
Commercial EEG headsets already exist that allow wearers to manipulate virtual objects by thought alone, noted Sajda, but thinking “move rock” is easier than, say, “Have everyone meet at Starbucks at 5:30.”
One difficulty in composing specific messages is fundamental — EEGs are not very specific. They can only locate a signal to within about one to two centimeters. That’s a large distance in the brain. In the brain’s auditory cortex, for example, two centimeters is the difference between low notes and high notes, D’Zmura said.
Placing electrodes between the skull and the brain would offer more precise readings, but it is expensive and requires invasive surgery.
To work around this problem, the scientists need to gain a much better understanding of what words and phrases light up what brain sections. To create a detailed map of the brain scientists will also use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG).
Each technology has its own strengths and weaknesses. EEGs detect brain activity only on the outer bulges of the brain’s folds. MEGs read brain activity on the inner folds but are too large to put on your head. FMRIs detect brain activity more accurately than either but are heavy and expensive.
Most human rights organizations, healthcare personnel, politicians and lawmakers seem to be unaware of what types of HE that are in operation. Even fewer know how to handle it and what it means to their respective profession. A broader investigation is needed to reveal the consequences for the victims and society in general.
UN Commission of Human Rights, Interpol, EU Commission of Ethics
Martial law should be issued in EU.
This letter is a test of international collaboration against invisible war between human brains, via bioelectronics and the new networking technology, a war that has already been going on for five years, 24 hours a day.
A civilian/military research is creating an invisible war in the minds and brains of the civilian population, while constructing an artificial intelligence.
Brain Implants and miniaturized Signal Analysis System is implanted in people without their informed consent, in hospitals all over Europe. The systems are used to clone, and make an artificial copy of the human life, including their nervous system, memory, learning and emotions. This type of illegal research of are impossible to detect. This crimes can continue because yet there is no technology that can detect bioelectronics/neuroelectronics in nano size.
The artificial intelligence which performs the majority of the research work, is programmed as a war machine that does not hesitate from any means in order to improve its learning and cloning of a human. This intelligence acquire continuously, more and more unreasonable arguments for continuing its work to grow, including the use of gross physical and mental abuse in an attempt to uphold ”companionship” with the person who is under intrusion. This is also a war between humans and the new computer brains.
The government say it does not have any information about this topic. That mean they can’t secure the civilian population and the entire medical community is misled. Because of this, Minister of Justice, Beatrice Ask, and Minister of Social, Göran Hägglund, ought to be questioned before a court martial, under oath be forced to acknowledge their eventually knowledge about the use of these technologies.
Martin Ingvar and the management of FOI and KTH should also be court-martialed and forced to reveal the interdisciplinary neuroscience research progress in these fields.
Research progress has by now been used for human persecution, torture and aggravated assault during the last six years.
All of this human slaughter must be revealed; the hidden number of on-line connected people and their abuse is unknown and must be investigated. Any collaboration with the U.S. in this matter must be visualized.
This miniaturized invisible war, directly into people’s brains, can be compared directly with what America’s soldiers performed during many wars.
Just as soldiers looting, burning of villages, raping women and children, many Swedish families are now being exposed in the same way of this vandalism, the difference is that the new war is invisible and contained within their brains.
The effects of the violence being carried out around the clock is that the subjects are unable to work. The effects after years of copying is that the subjects families, life’s work, wealth, and social life is ruined. Many of the people being abused by this science are family providers with children.
Is it ethical to allow the multidisciplinary research in brain-computer interface and broadband technologies? Is it ethical to allow civilian-military cartel, with private interests in companies and software, to destroy innocent people just to further develop this technology?
Lawmakers in congress raise their eyebrows when bills to mature HUMAN EXPERIMENT competency in new areas have led them into a series of unrealistic price and schedule proposal. However, tailoring the requirements and shooting for a less rigorous capability demonstration could also convince lawmakers to follow intelligence needs.
Of all three technologies EEG is the one currently cheap enough, light enough and fast enough for a mass market device.
The map generated by all three technologies will help the computer guess which word of phrase a person means when a part of the brain is lights up on the EEG. The idea is similar to how dictation software like Dragon NaturallySpeaking uses context to help determine which word you said.
Mapping the brain’s response to most of the English language is a large task, and D’Zmura says that it will be 15-20 years before thought-based communication is reality. Sajda, who is on sabbatical in Japan to research using EEGs to scan images rapidly, sounded skeptical but excited.
“There are technical hurdles that need to be ovecome first, but then again, 20 years ago people would have thought that the two of us talking to each other half a world away over Skype (and Internet-based phone service) was crazy,” said Sajda.
To those who might be nervous about thought-based communication turning into a sci-fi comedy of errors, D’Zmura says not to worry. Mind-message composition would take specific conscious thoughts and training to develop them. The device would also have a on/off switch.
“When I was a kid I occasionally said things that were inappropriate, and I learned not to do that,” said D’Zmura. “I think that people would learn to think in a way the computer couldn’t interpret. Or they can just switch it off.”