Department of Homeland Security Considers Mind-Control Tech
The technology, called Semantic Stimuli Response Measurements Technology (SSRM Tek), is said to gauge a subject's involuntary response to subliminal messages. Images are shown to test subjects who press buttons in response. SSRM Tek supposedly measures those responses and understands what the subject is thinking subconsciously.
One obvious application of the technology may involve security checks at airports. Based on subjects' responses to the images and messages, "clean" respondents would be allowed through while "suspect" individuals would be taken through further testing.
Geoff Schoenbaum, a neuroscientist at the University of Maryland, dismisses PRI's technology, saying that modern neuroscience is just now trying to figure out how rats learn that a light can predict food. In reference to the idea of subconsciously sensing a person's intentions, he said, "If we could do [what they're talking about], you would know about it, it wouldn't be a handful of Russian folks in a basement."
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