September 15, 2008

Cluedo in the brain

Fascist LampPractical Ethics: I suggest it was Professor Plum, in the library, with the arsenic: the unreliability of brain experience detection - I blog at Ethical Perspectives on the News about the recent conviction in Mumbai based on EEG evidence. Unsurprisingly I'm critical. This is one business where there are more companies than published papers.

I'm pretty certain I could fool one of those detectors, especially if they actually do what they claim to do, detect memory retrieval. I would just retrieve memories linked to the neutral statements, and maybe mess up the non-neutral statements by considering their grammar. But given the biases this kind of setup invites, I think that in a real police investigation that would have much less effect than what the investigators would want as an outcome.

Posted by Anders3 at September 15, 2008 05:23 PM