Artificial Telepathy: A Non-Lethal Weapon?

GanzfeldDo you hear voices in your head? MindTech Sweden describes the dangers of “artificial telepathy”:

The experience of “Artificial Telepathy” is really not that extraordinary. It’s as simple as receiving a cell-phone call in one’s head.

Indeed, most of the technology involved is exactly identical to that of cell-phone technology. Satellites link the sender and the receiver. A computer “multiplexer” routes the voice signal of the sender through microwave towers to a very specifically defined location or cell. The “receiver” is located and tracked with pinpoint accuracy, to within a few feet of actual location. But the receiver is not a cell phone. It’s a human brain.

Out of nowhere, a voice suddenly blooms in the mind of the target. The human skull has no “firewall” and therefore cannot shut the voice out. The receiver can hear the sender’s verbal thoughts. The sender, in turn, can hear all of the target’s thoughts, exactly as if the target’s verbal thoughts had been spoken or broadcast. For this reason, the experience could be called “hearing voices” but is more properly described as “artificial telepathy”.

Now, if artificial telepathy were entirely voluntary, like a conversation between friends sitting across the room from one other, it might be kind of cool. One could talk back and forth with one’s friend, exchanging verbal thoughts exactly as if speaking on the phone, but without ever using one’s voice or mouth. It’s a completely silent, subvocal form of speech. Between lovers, this would be beautiful.

The problem is that artificial telepathy provides the perfect weapon for mental torture and information theft. It provides an extremely powerful means for exploiting, harassing, controlling, and raping the mind of any person on earth. It opens the window to quasi-demonic possession of another person’s soul.

When used as a “nonlethal” weapons system it becomes an ideal means for neutralizing or discrediting a political opponent. Peace protestors, inconvenient journalists and the leaders of vocal opposition groups can be stunned into silence with this weapon…

[continues at MindTech Sweden]

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  • http://twitter.com/mikeyhatesit Mike

    What’s so shocking about the idea? Sure- all technology gets misused at some point. But if this becomes commonly available, then we’ll reach the Singularity that much sooner.

    This is inevitable, especially when the social networks get ahold of it. Who wouldn’t like to update their status merely with a thought? “Man! That’s a stinky poop! Dammit! I didn’t mute my facebook connection. I wonder who read that? Ugh. Gerrrr- ow! That one was a little rough. Better get some extra paper ready. Man those bear commercials are cute… I think I’ll “like” them when I’m done here. I know my mom will click “like”, too, and I wish she would stop stalking my page. That redhead is supposed to let me know about our date. Crap. I forgot to >MUTE<"

  • http://twitter.com/mikeyhatesit Mike

    What’s so shocking about the idea? Sure- all technology gets misused at some point. But if this becomes commonly available, then we’ll reach the Singularity that much sooner.

    This is inevitable, especially when the social networks get ahold of it. Who wouldn’t like to update their status merely with a thought? “Man! That’s a stinky poop! Dammit! I didn’t mute my facebook connection. I wonder who read that? Ugh. Gerrrr- ow! That one was a little rough. Better get some extra paper ready. Man those bear commercials are cute… I think I’ll “like” them when I’m done here. I know my mom will click “like”, too, and I wish she would stop stalking my page. That redhead is supposed to let me know about our date. Crap. I forgot to >MUTE<"

    • Hadrian999

      i don’t think you grasp what they mean. Imagine if someone could forcefully project a rickroll right into you brain.

      • Mr. Coffee

        Winning.

  • Hadrian999

    i don’t think you grasp what they mean. Imagine if someone could forcefully project a rickroll right into you brain.

  • Mr. Coffee

    Winning.

  • Farthead

    And I am sure they have just the pill to near lobotomize you you when you’re suddenly walking around hearing voices and thinking the government is after you. This isn’t new technology. Google Project Monarch sometime. If you don’t make the government shit list you’re maybe likely to just get a wild hair to go shopping from time to time.

  • Farthead

    And I am sure they have just the pill to near lobotomize you you when you’re suddenly walking around hearing voices and thinking the government is after you. This isn’t new technology. Google Project Monarch sometime. If you don’t make the government shit list you’re maybe likely to just get a wild hair to go shopping from time to time.

  • TVKB

    This really doesn’t provide a route for information theft that isn’t already in regular use today. The technology here can only provide a oneway path for information (i.e. from an outside source to the brain). The human brain doesn’t give signals strong enough for any extremely sophisticated system to pick up and translate over any practical distance. And even if the brain wave receiver was close enough, there’s still a decade or two’s worth of work in figuring out what those tiny brain waves are saying. Now if one were to torture someone with this until they audibly told them the info that on wanted to steal, it could work in information thievery. But that’s a high-tech, needless solution to a problem we have no trouble solving (sadly) with a bucket of water or a car battery hooked to someones balls

    • Hadrian999

      i see the most horrific use of this being advertising

  • TVKB

    This really doesn’t provide a route for information theft that isn’t already in regular use today. The technology here can only provide a oneway path for information (i.e. from an outside source to the brain). The human brain doesn’t give signals strong enough for any extremely sophisticated system to pick up and translate over any practical distance. And even if the brain wave receiver was close enough, there’s still a decade or two’s worth of work in figuring out what those tiny brain waves are saying. Now if one were to torture someone with this until they audibly told them the info that on wanted to steal, it could work in information thievery. But that’s a high-tech, needless solution to a problem we have no trouble solving (sadly) with a bucket of water or a car battery hooked to someones balls

  • Hadrian999

    i see the most horrific use of this being advertising