Security on the Brain

Can brain scans prove if someone is telling the truth?

By Monica Mehta

Winter 2018

Truthful Brain Corporation might sound straight out of sci-fi, but it’s the name of a real company using functional magnetic resonance imaging to capture brain activity. And CEO Joel Huizenga says scans can prove if someone is telling the truth. In fact, Huizenga hopes to use a scan as evidence in a murder case in early 2018. This raises questions—not only about the validity of the technique—but also about skull sanctity. Shouldn’t thoughts be secure? For Huizenga, the accused must consent. “It definitely should be illegal to go inside someone’s brain, period, unless they want that,” he says.


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