What if the room containing nuclear launch codes could detect that the person trying to get in was out of his mind, and kept its doors locked accordingly?
It’s a potential application of highly experimental biometric technology under development at the University of Iasi. Researcher Violeta Tulceanu recently published a report on these efforts in the Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms, detailing how a subject’s brainwaves could be analyzed to determine her emotional state.
The system would first establish a unique bio-emotional template for the subject based on her reactions – measured in the form of brainwaves – to evocative stimuli. That template could then be used to detect her emotional and cognitive states in subsequent scans. This offers a range of potential applications, from stopping a drunk pilot from getting into a plane’s cockpit to detecting when a bank customer is withdrawing money from an ATM against her will. It could even be used to stop an angry, irrational authority from gaining access to military assets.
Of course, the technology is in a nascent phase and appears to be a long way off from being realized in a practical sense. Meanwhile, the logistics of its applications remain open questions. A fear-sensitive ATM might stop you from accessing your money, but then you would likely have a different set of problems to deal with.
January 24, 2017 – by Alex Perala