When your life is an open book…when your privacy is at stake….
September 15, 2008 3:15am CST
A woman was accused of killing her former fiancé. They were living in Pune when she met another man and eloped with him to Delhi. Later the woman returned and poisoned him with arsenic-laced food. The woman, 24 yrs, agreed to take a [b]Brain Scan Test. [/b] The new technology is a step ahead the lie detection test and a much improved version of other technologies as well. The technologies, generally regarded as promising but unproved, have yet to be widely accepted as evidence. I personally find this both interesting and disturbing. We keep looking for technological solution to lie detection, no harm in it. But at the same time we need to ensure the highest measures of proof before we ruin people’s lives based on its application. I fear in a country like ours, where the judiciary and police can intrude into anyone’s and everyone’s privacy just to satisfy their whim, if at all this would be a great thing to be introduced right now. What do you feel?
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16 Sep 08
Hi dear yeah u r right, its most important, no doubt tool is important but most important is the person using the tool and the person who is analusing the data gathered by using that tool Well Judicuary is important as its one of main Pillar of givernment but unfortunately its so much corrupt and have so much hidden things which give benefit to Criminals. U know Mou if u have Proper Judiciary and sincere Law Enforrcement agencies, trust me crime rate will be minimum and people will be happy and satisfied Take care
15 Sep 08
Mimpi, Although it is an interesting development, it would seem to be another instance of technology entering and taking control of our lives. It seems to be with a negative viewpoint only because of the lack of controls. The most recent story hitting the headlines is a case in point. The fact that only some of the suspects were made to undergo the test which was decided by the police and judicary ,and the outcome not being conclusive , further not being admissable in the court of law as evidence. This is were the issue of control and improper usage and not enough measures is evident. The law decides to use it based on suspicion, but finally gets nowhere. What happens to the innocent people who would have been made to go through this. Can it not seen as a form of torture ? Having said this, it would be a good thing to have if, It had the proper measures and controls, governed by law, and not misused by them. If the above is in place it would serve as a deterrent to criminals who think they would get away with crime by destroying physical evidence. It would also help the police in solving the crimes faster. Again i repeat this would make sense only if the controls and uses are done in absolutley the right way. If not, I can only imagine how scary it would be, where everyone's privacy as you have so well put it becomes an open book.
15 Sep 08
Alok Firstly thanks for an insightful response. I started this discussion on hearing the same case (I guess)that you are talking of. This would be a technological revolution no doubt, specially when comes to determining the the psyche of die hard criminals. But since our police go more by rumours and whims and less by credible convictions things might get bizarre. Here, it is not required to have enough evidence to spy on someone. Anyone and everyone can be a suspect. This perhaps makes this technology little devious. Technology can never be bad but how we use it is largely what determines the credibility. And as you said rightly: [i]I repeat this would make sense only if the controls and uses are done in absolutley the right way. [/i]
16 Sep 08
Mimpi, In my personal opinion, for the present the brain scan test should be admitted as evidence. But this should be allowed to be done only extremely selectively as a means to further establish proof. It could help in further investigaton of cases related to serial murders, terrorism lnked activities and such , but only after the initial proof and guilt of the persons involved is established.
17 Sep 08
More and more we are becoming a society that is relying on technology to determine the guilt of a person. This is a problem because it goes away from the basic principles of body language etc that give away so much more about what a person is thinking or feeling. Instead of using a machine to track someones brainwaves, there should be specialist psychologist used who can read the body language of a suspect and the subtle changes in the voice too. Then, working with a Criminal Psychologist, they would be able to work out more accurately what the likelihood of the suspect being guilty really is. No method is fool proof, but we have to remember that our modern technologies have been created by humans who are the most unreliable species on earth.
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16 Sep 08
When DNA testing was first used it was mistrusted and people feared it, but now it is pretty mainstream and has made it possible for quite a few people who had been falsely accused to be released from prison, and also for heinous criminals to be brought to justice for crime they had committed that went unsolved for decades. So there is going to be controversy over anything new. The lie detection test needs improvement, as it has not proven to be very scientific, I think. But you say these "poisoned him" and she says she didn't? Did you mean to say that she stands accused of poisoning him?