The WEF Thinks Governments & Your Boss Should Have Access To Your Thoughts
Technology already exists today that can display what people are thinking, what emotions they're feeling, and even create images of the thoughts they are having.
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Imagine thinking about someone while you are at work, and your boss has access to technology that can create a visible image of the person you’re thinking of?
This technology is already here.
Nita A. Farahany Robinson, Professor of Law and Philosophy at Duke University, took the stage at this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos.
She was part of a ‘brain transparency’ panel that discussed technologies that have the capability to read minds, track emotions, create imagery out of thoughts, and display them on a screen that can be monitored.
The proposition from the WEF? These technologies can be used to make productivity in the workplace better. It would save companies millions by ‘waking up’ workers that have taken too long of a break or become unproductive through distraction.
After all, this is what advanced technology is for right? Making sure worker bees are not taking breaks that are too long…
The WEF also says the world could become a safer place. It could be used to stop truck drivers from falling asleep at the wheel for example. Not a bad proposition there, but at what cost?
If you’re skeptical about these stated intentions, I’m not surprised. There is very little reason to trust rhetoric like this when we have seen powerful individuals grasp more power, control, and surveillance measures at every turn.
When ‘they’ create endless cycles of fear, only to show up with ‘their’ “safety creating” solutions months later.
Even if our world could be made ‘safer’ from tech like this, would we be willing to give up access to our thoughts? What’s next, stopping crime before it happens by arresting people who thought about something illegal?
In more mundane examples, would we now be seeing ads from Google after just thinking about a product, without even saying it out loud?
The questions mount.
To break down what exactly was said at the World Economic Forum about this tech, and to watch their chilling short presentation, check out the following video I produced with my colleagues.
Our technology is evolving at a rate that is likely beyond what we can steward responsibly. An examination of the level of consciousness that drives humanity and how we use emerging technologies is critical right now.
Isn't "technology" just another way to describe something I thought up, and then brought to fruition? If so, isn't every single thing a piece of "technology?" The chair you sit on, the fork with which one eats, eye glasses, drinking glasses, all forms of "technology." Remembering that the concepts of "good" and "evil" are in the mind can be helpful when navigating new forms of "technology," I think.
Read my mind?
Noose, guillotine and gun.
Unlikely I'll last long in the new normal.