Off-the-shelf brainwave scanners can extract your private information

Brain Bats

Using a gamut of specialized tests, scientists at Berkley, Oxford, and the University of Geneva have developed a way to extract data from your mind using an off-the-shelf brainwave scanning device. The researchers placed an Emotive EPOC scanner on 28 test subjects’ heads, then measured their subconscious reactions to stimuli. When the subjects were shown nine random maps plus one map including their home address, measurements of the subconscious signals in the subjects’ brain activity revealed the location of their home with 60 percent accuracy.

The scientists theorize that their methodology could also systematically extract where a person banks, their PIN number, and other private knowledge. However, there is little chance that consumer…

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