Microsoft submitted a patent application in the US for a “unique monitoring system” that could link workers to their computers. Wireless sensors could read “heart rate, galvanic skin response, EMG, brain signals, respiration rate, body temperature, movement facial movements, facial expressions and blood pressure”, the application states.
The system could also “automatically detect frustration or stress in the user” and “offer and provide assistance accordingly”. Physical changes to an employee would be matched to an individual psychological profile based on a worker’s weight, age and health. If the system picked up an increase in heart rate or facial expressions suggestive of stress or frustration, it would tell management that he needed help.
Yes, a joke. But the devolopment of this sort of technology to "read" the brain is inevitable. Many years ago scientists in Paris were close to being able to detect, via analysis of brain scans, whether an individual was lying. So imagine how much further along we are now. And with both the Right and Left supporting the Nanny/Big Brother state, eventually, the folks that will pay to maintain your insides (universal healthcare) will demand the right to regulate (no transfats! no more pate de foie gras!) and then access your body in various ways. It's a logical progression.
So "We're from the government and we're here to help you," will be replaced with "We're from HR, and we're here to help you. This won't hurt a bit." Sounds just like "The Island." ("Are you feeling agitated, LS1725? We detect elevated sodium levels in your system. Back away from the Pringles, now!")
Posted by Sherrie Gossett at 7:51 PM