As I was driving to work today the CBC morning show I listen to had a guest on talking about some more advances in "mind reading," where a computer can read simple thoughts. Such as 'cat' or 'dog'. Like the article, the computer has to be "trained" to know what your brain looks like when thinking about the object or whatever, so they had the people looking at pictures of the things. But once it was trained, the person could look at any of the pictures and they would know which one it was. That's the gist I got, anyways. They are apparently a long ways off from being able to distinguish things like intent or any form of complex thoughts. Still, I had no idea research like this was going on. There were other articles listed where they are apparently hoping to use this technology to give those who are unable to otherwise a voice with which to speak, which would be a great thing. But I can't help but think of all the ways such technology could be abused in the wrong hands. Any thoughts?