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Mind Reading Controllers Reading Minds?

Forbes outlines how researchers experimenting with game controllers based on brain waves can actually reveal some of a user's secrets (thanks Ant via Slashdot). See if you can wrap your mind around this:

When shown a collection of locations on maps that included one of their home, the headset-wearers’ brains emitted tell-tale hints that allowed the experimenters to determine their home’s general location with 60% accuracy on the first try among a collection of ten choices. And when the subjects were asked to memorize a four-digit PIN and then shown a series of random numbers, the researchers found they could guess which of those random numbers was the first digit in the PIN with about 30% accuracy on the first try–far from a home run, but a significantly higher success rate than a random guess.

In fact, none of those results point to a realistic possibility of cybercriminals reading victims’ minds through their gaming headsets any time soon, Oxford’s Martinovic admits. The Neurosky and Emotiv devices, which sell for between $200 and $300, have hardly entered the mainstream, and the mind-reading attacks the researchers describe aren’t reliable enough to make them a profitable avenue for data theft, anyway.

But Martinovic says that the main challenge in looking for signs of the users’ mental responses was sorting through the noisy and often inaccurate signals the headsets produced. Those signals are likely to improve.

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5. Re: Mind Reading Controllers Reading Minds? Aug 18, 2012, 10:02 TheEmissary
 
It is a little late to start worrying about data mining. Every time you use a website they track what you do on the site, track what ads load/viewed, and what you end up buying. Where else do you think they get the data for the targeted ads.

With the facebook/social media craze the ship has long since sailed about being worried about personal information now. Too many people give out too much information that companies will use to target you.

As far as the study goes how was it blinded? What did the researchers know going in? It seemed from the story that they already knew significant pieces of information.
 
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4. Re: Mind Reading Controllers Reading Minds? Aug 17, 2012, 17:22 space captain
 
you'll pay to know what you really think  
Go forth, and kill!
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3. Re: Mind Reading Controllers Reading Minds? Aug 17, 2012, 16:52 Wallshadows
 
Exclusively sold with the Phantom.  
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2. Re: Mind Reading Controllers Reading Minds? Aug 17, 2012, 13:40 Cutter
 
Wrong! It was electric eel!
 
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1. Re: Mind Reading Controllers Reading Minds? Aug 17, 2012, 13:03 Axis
 
Think of any animal starting with the letter "E"



























































Elephant!
 
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Yours truly,

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