We have had a few examples over the years of being able to read directly from people’s brains.
That is often what we think about when reading people’s brains. But there are plenty of other things that can be monitored.
Rather scarily, workers in a Chinese company are wearing caps which monitor people’s emotions and mental activities in the workplace - nominally to increase efficiency by varying the frequency and length of break times.
South China Morning Post suggests this is in widespread use around the world - though it later suggests that its use in the US is limited to archers trying to improve their performance. Not quite the same thing.
It has been supposedly been rolled out to more than a dozen factories and businesses in China.
There was push back and fear from employees initially before they eventually got used to wearing the caps.
Clearly, regulation is needed to prevent abuse in the workplace. Transparency with employees is key and giving access to the same information employers see would also help.
This is dangerous territory though. I would be surprised if it is as widespread in the Western workplaces as is suggested without there being a major outcry. Full article here