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Computer Mess

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Keeping your thoughts to yourself may soon be a difficult task, as scientists claim to have developed a new computer programme that can tell what a person is thinking.

According to the Stanford University scientists, their invention raises the prospect of infallible lie detector tests while the interpretation of intentions could allow security agencies to nab criminals before they break the law.

Peering in the brain, they said, could also make it easier to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and other conditions, the Daily Mail reported.

The scientists began by scanning the brains of 14 volunteers as they did one of four tasks: sung songs silently to themselves; recalled the day’s events; counted backwards; or simply relaxed.

The patterns of brain activity associated with each task were then teased out by computer programmes that compared scans from several different people doing the same thing.

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