The NSA can determine whether your dreams indicate a subversive mindset, but they’re not yet at the point where this technology can interpret specific images or words. It’s still being tested, and it promises to be the most powerful tool yet for spying on American citizens. In dreams, people cannot censor themselves like they can while awake, so the NSA hopes this will help unravel even the most carefully hidden terror attacks.
According to documents provided by Snowden, the NSA has deployed cars that are kitted-out with neuro-imaging sensors able to scan people's brains at a distance. To filter out pets and other live creatures, a specially-tuned radar locates the brain, followed by a focused and intense beam of X-rays. The brains of unsuspecting city folk & suburbanites are then "read" in order to ferret out "suspicious" thought patterns.
While. They're. Sleeping.
All done in secret and conveniently under the cover of darkness, of course.
With the very privacy of our dreams at risk, researchers at Fabrica, a Benetton-funded think tank, have begun fighting back with fashion! Their solution is an accessory made from wood and felt cut by laser that not only blocks external access to the brain, but sends sound-pulses via the skull to the ear, delivers a gentle electric shock through the collar and also emits flashing lights.
The purpose of these (literal) bells & whistles? To distract the wearer into thinking about something inconsequential - further helping to shield their inner selves from nosy shadow entities armed with scary, next-gen biometric tracking.
"Increasingly, our bodies are becoming more and more public, while new forms of neuroimaging technology are developing that may one day allow for surveillance and interception of the contents of our minds," explain Fabrica's Lisa Kori Chung and Caitlin Morris. "The paradigm of clothing as protector and concealer is slowly shifting...can the purpose of clothing be expanded to serve a hybrid purpose: acting as an expressive covering of the body, and also maintaining privacy of things like emotions, intelligence, and even more specific “brain data”?"
In the mean time, you'd surely turn heads making the scene with one of these perched atop your protected person.
- Lesley Scott
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