Friday, August 12, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
Part Two of The Current
End of Privacy - Michio Kaku
We started this segment with the sound of an MRI machine. Magnetic resonance imaging is now a textbook medical procedure that many Canadians undergo everyday. It can indicate to doctors if a patient has a brain tumor or suffered a stroke.
And MRI research is just getting started. It's leading the way in mind reading technology, potentially allowing others access to your deepest thoughts. It doesn't require a lot of deep thinking to wonder where a technology like that could lead. What happens when the boundaries of your own body aren't enough to stop intruders?
To discuss how science may soon change the nature of privacy, we were joined by Michio Kaku, a professor of theoretical physics at the CIty University of New York. His new book is called Physics of the Future: How Science will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100. He was in New York City.
End of Privacy - Steve Laken
Eavesdropping on another brain, foolproof lie detection, exposing inner secrets, perhaps even changing a mind. Those things are not yet technically possible, but you'll likely be surprised how tantalizingly close they are.
To explain how close, we were joined by Dr. Steve Laken, president and founder of Cephos Corp. He was in Boston.
End of Privacy - Annabelle Belcher
There are obvious, significant ethical concerns surrounding these kinds of technologies. Annabelle Belcher is a post-doctoral researcher at the National Institute on Drug Abuse who spent a year on the MacArthur Foundation Law and Neuroscience Project. We reached Annabelle Belcher in Baltimore.
Last Word - The Help
We've been talking about machines that may soon get into our heads to reveal our thoughts. That, of course, has been the job of writers. A film opened this week about a young white writer trying to get into the heads of the black domestic workers of Mississippi. The Help is set in the early 1960s when black people offering opinions about white society wasn't controversial -- it was suicidal. Some reviewers say the film is just the old story of a white do-gooder. We ended the program today with some thoughts from a critic, and a defence from actress Viola Davis.
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