Gedankenexperiment

With all the poli­ti­cal and ethi­cal deba­tes about what allo­wed means for intel­li­gence should be or are, a ques­ti­on recent­ly pop­ped up in my mind:

If a tech­no­lo­gy emer­ged that allo­wed humans to read other peop­les thoughts and memo­ries, under what cir­cum­s­tan­ces should that be a legal way to find out about cri­mes that were or, even more inte­res­ting, are to be com­mit­ted? Not some­thing about pro­ba­bi­li­ties as in Mino­ri­ty Report, but actual­ly some­thing to read emo­ti­ons, memo­ries and thoughts? Whe­re are the bounds in this? Should it be legal in the con­text of inde­scri­bable atro­ci­ties like 9/11? Mur­der? Rape? Theft? Only for cri­mi­nal inves­ti­ga­ti­ons, or also as a means for intel­li­gence befo­re the act?

And to make it more inte­res­ting: What if the act of rea­ding were dest­ruc­tive? If the sub­ject of the inves­ti­ga­ti­on doesn’t come out like he went in befo­re, but was eit­her irrepa­ra­b­ly dama­ged or even dead? Whe­re are the bounda­ries then?

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