An interesting bit of mischief from some neuroscientists: They can predict from a brain scan whether a convicted criminal is likely to offend again. Brain Scan will eplain. An MRI scan of a specific area of the brain differs in repeat offenders from the same area in others. Brain science is becoming a little spooky.
What could be spookier is how will the info be used? It could affect a judge pronouncing sentence or a parole board at a hearing. But someone treated more harshly for possessing this marker could make the case that they’re being punished for something they haven’t done (yet) and might never do. Doesn’t seem right, somehow.
Maybe these folk should be treated the same as the others, but watched? How do you accomplish that? Put a label on them, you’re punishing them again for something they haven’t done. So you can’t watch them.
Perhaps the tech could be used by employers? You’d like to weed out potential criminals from your workforce, wouldn’t you? The mighty are pushing now for antidiscrimination protection for ex-cons; I can visualize the ACLU reaction to rejecting a hire by brain scan. So we can’t use the information; what good is it?
Probably not much, unless you’re a researcher. But maybe they’ll be able to predict criminality, not just the likelihood of repeating an already proven crime. Would that be different? Well, yes and no… there’s still a problem hanging someone for a crime he hasn’t committed yet, right?
Unless maybe, the reading were provided to an expectant mother, concerning her unborn child. Some are aborted now just for being the wrong sex, you know. Hmnn…