Workplace Brain Scanning, extracting and using brain data to make you happier and more efficient. But this is not yet reading minds.

“Sensors detect electrical activity across different areas of the brain, and the patterns in that activity can be broadly correlated with different feelings or physiological responses, such as stress, focus, or a reaction to external stimuli. These data can be exploited to make workers more efficient—and, proponents of the technology say, to make them happier.”

Holy crap! First of all any technology that proposes to “make me happier” is suspect and I don’t want to be anywhere near it. And I get the feeling that the “make workers more efficient” aspects will trump the “make the workers happier” aspect.

I don’t like the direction this is going. At the very least it is intrusive, and at the very worst it will morph into something that makes Orwell’s 1984 look like Woodstock.

But if it turns out to be useful and is introduced slowly enough, it will eventually take over and you will not be hired for a job unless you agree to use it.

This reminds me of the frog in the pot of water. If you drop a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will jump out immediately and be gone. But if you put the frog in cold water and turn up the heat very slowly, the frog will cook and never realize it.

My answer is “no.”

Are You Ready for Workplace Brain Scanning? – Extracting and using brain data will make workers happier and more productive, backers say