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June 20, 2006

Two Companies To Begin Offering "Lie Detection" Using fMRI

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Posted by Zack Lynch

_40590429_brain203.jpgRecent developments in the application of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to lie detection raise tremendous concerns for civil liberties. The federal government has invested heavily in a range of technologies and devices, including fMRI, for their use in detecting deception. At least two companies have recently announced that they will soon offer lie detection services using fMRI and are aggressively marketing their services to private companies and government agencies for everything from personnel screening to interrogating terror suspects. These companies are Cephos Corporation and the obviously named "NoLieMRI. These companies are intending to market their services to federal government agencies, including the Department of Defense, department of Justice, the National Security Agency, and the CIA, and to state and local police departments. It will be interesting to see how the courts view these news analysis tools. My opinion is that this technology is not ready for prime time, but one thing is for sure, it looks like the neurosociety is emerging quickly.

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1. Anonymous on June 24, 2006 6:32 PM writes...

This is a Big Bull Shit.

Even if we could know what every Cell in the Brain was Doing a fMRI at one time would not work.

Note when you can make a copy of said Brain in Atoms.

That might work but not this.

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2. Kensai on June 27, 2006 9:03 AM writes...

If it will ever work it will definitely put Descartes' aphorism "cogito ergo sum" at rest. ;)


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3. Jean Marchali on July 11, 2006 9:36 AM writes...

Interesting, after reading this, I searched the topic and found this link :

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