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A Yemeni scientist wants to lock criminals in their own minds –

A Yemeni scientist wants to lock criminals in their own minds –

A molecular biologist and science communicator from Yemen has come up with a method to address prison overcrowding and reduce the burden that prisons and incarceration facilities place on society. The scientist in question, Hashem Al-Ghaili, has come up with a project known as Cognify, and the idea is to essentially hyper-immerse prisoners into a virtual reality where they are forced to experience artificial memories using custom AI-generated content, all in an effort to rehabilitate a prisoner.

The idea has potential, but the actual design looks downright scary. The concept seems like a mashup of The Matrix meets The Outlast Trials, and so it’s probably a good thing that the circumstances to make it a reality aren’t plausible at the moment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFUv4_lCBLY/

According to Wired, Al-Ghaili states: “The science behind it already exists, but ethical boundaries stand in the way of its realization.” He adds that it is inspired by the “limitations of the current criminal justice system and the crucial role that vivid memories play in shaping behavior” because “Prisons often fail to provide effective behavioral rehabilitation, as evidenced by high recidivism rates.”

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What do you think? Does this seem like an effective way to rehabilitate a criminal?

Yemeni scientist wants to lock criminals in their own minds