IT is by now common knowledge that one’s genetic information can be misused against the individual. It is less understood that a new kind of database being built up allows brain scans to be potentially abused too.
One early Saturday morning in May 1987, Kenneth Parks arose from his bed and went outside to his car. He proceeded to drive the car more than 20 kilometres from Pickering, east of Toronto, to Scarborough, where his mother- and father-in-law lived.
This article arises from Future Tense, a partnership of Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University that explores emerging technologies and their implications for public policy and for society.
It's a given of criminal proceedings that some people will lie in the courtroom if it suits their purposes. They'll lie about where they were, what they saw or did, why they did it, how they felt. Whom to believe?