Life in 2030,

Thought reading machines to convict criminals  | S1:E3

November 05, 2016

In this episode of the Life in 2030 podcast, we explore the emerging field of Brain-Computer Interfaces, or BCI for short. It’s a field that’s already allowing amputees to control their prosthetic arms simply through the use of their thoughts, but in a few decades, its ability to make thoughts and data interchangeable opens up a world of opportunities, from surfing the web Matrix-style, to tech-enabled telepathy, and in particular to this episode, convicting criminals of hard-to-prove crimes.

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What do you think? Is thought reading technology all it’s cracked up to be? Will it play a big role in our legal system? Will it be banned altogether? Where else do you think thought reading tech will play a big role in our future society?

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Or post a comment in one of our Future of Law articles, also published on We go into way more detail about this topic there.


This podcast was based off an article in our Future of Law series:

Individual episodes:

Trends that will reshape the modern law firm: Future of law P1

Mind-reading devices to end wrongful convictions: Future of law P2    

Automated judging of criminals: Future of law P3  

Reengineering sentencing, incarceration, and rehabilitation: Future of law P4

List of future legal precedents tomorrow’s courts will judge: Future of law P5    


Executive producer, writer, and narrator: David Tal, President of Quantumrun. Reach him @DavidTalWrites across all social media.

Producer and podcast editor: Kaelah Shimonov

All music heard throughout this podcast was composed by Karl Gutowski.  

Voiceover artists: Triera Holley, Bentley Michaels

Image credits: Felipe Morin via Flickr

Common copyright background sounds used: Channel surfing, Door buzzer, Footsteps 1, Footsteps 2, Room ambient, Chair scrape, Sit on chair, Chains, Jail cell door late, Jail Cell Door close


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