UK Government Agency Warns of Brain-Reading Tech for Workplace Monitoring: Is It a Threat to Employee Privacy?

The UK’s Data Watchdog Warns About Brain-Reading Technologies


A specialized official government agency in information technology in Britain has issued a warning about advanced technologies that can be used to read human brains and thoughts and warned that companies could resort to using them to monitor workers’ performance and urge them to improve their productivity.

The Risk of Discrimination

The data watchdog said that companies in could use brain-reading technology to monitor or hire workers in the future, but there is a real risk of discrimination if “neurotechnology” is not developed and used correctly, media London venues have sued this body.

The Use of Neurotechnology in the Workplace

A report published by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) claims that “neural technology” could be used in future to monitor the workplace, in one moment in whose companies like (Neuralink) are exploring new ways to enable i computer to communicate with human minds.

Growth of Neurotechnology

Stephen Almond of the ICO said: “Based on all the indicators we are looking at, we are seeing very rapid growth, both in investment and in patents developed in quest’area”.

The Use of Neurotechnology in Healthcare

The Information Commissioner’s Office notes that neurotechnology already is in use in the healthcare sector, where strict regulations exist.

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Commercial Interest in Neurotechnology

Commercial interest in the technology is growing: Neuralink has obtained permission to conduct human trials on the chips computer cerebral and is now rumored to be worth $5 billion, although it is far from being a commercial product.

Possibilities with AI

AI also opens up new possibilities, as research projects are now in able to decode sentences and words only from brain scans.

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This may eventually help patients with lock-out syndromeinwho are conscious but unable to move or speak.

Focus on Future Technologies

But the report focuses on technologies that could emerge in future, which he uses as hypothetical examples to explore the questions raised by neural data.

Possible Implementation of Neurotechnology in the Workplace

In four to five years, the ICO predicts that “as employee monitoring expands, the workplace could routinely implement neurotechnology for safety, productivity and employment.”

Measuring Alertness and Concentration

He added that “helmets or safety gear can measure an employee’s alertness and concentration in high-risk environments.” Almond said bosses could use it to gauge how people react to workplace stress.

Use in Education

Long term in education, wearable brain monitors could be used to measure students’ concentration and stress levels.

Neuromarketing and Personalization

This technology can also be used for marketing, called “neuromarketing”, and it already is in use in small and controlled research contexts.

In the future, says the ICO report, “non-invasive devices in able to read responses at home could be used to personalize consumer preferences.” In one example, the report imagines that headphones with neural technology in future may collect data used to target ads.

Use in Games and Entertainment

The technology is also seeing growth in games and entertainment, as some toys and drones are already controlled by devices that take readings of the brain.

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