Is mind reading a superpower?

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking thinks so.

Hawking, a theoretical physicist, has warned that there is a possibility that aliens would soon read minds through their devices, and claim knowledge in a form that humans would find incomprehensible. He said: “I find it unlikely that we will ever build a device that can read minds. But if that were to happen, it’s likely it would happen through a device with an ordinary human-like interface called a video camera [that] has a video input.

“If a computer can record this video and then make use of that video for whatever purpose you like, it could be possible that computers could also record thoughts and then claim knowledge by interpreting those thoughts in any kind of human language.

“That is something we should perhaps take very seriously. I’m not really convinced it doesn’t happen. There may well be some chance of the kind of ‘thought contagion’ that is so worrying now, but we should probably be prepared for that if it does happen.”

At present, scientists believe aliens would be able to read human minds but would not have the ability to directly communicate with us. They are also concerned that humans might misinterpret any messages they receive.

In 2008, researchers at IBM proposed, or were investigating a computer reading minds, but were unable to test them to the level necessary to prove it was not a hoax.

Meanwhile, Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors is reportedly working on an artificial intelligence system that could read the thoughts of other people while it thinks of cars to drive. Elon Musk’s latest prediction is that a vehicle-reading AI system could one day drive “like a person”.

As we enter 2016, it is becoming increasingly clear that Bernie Sanders isn’t going to be the Democratic nominee: Bernie Sanders has an uphill battle to win his party’s nomination even if Hillary Clinton is not indicted. In contrast, Donald Trump is a shoo-in for the Republican nomination.

In this episode of The Intercept, we look at the various ways in which Trump has been embraced and embraced by the media, and why he’s now gaining traction with a large segment of voters.

We also examine how the Democratic, and Republican, parties have adopted various social democratic policies and policies that align with the radicalized left. We discuss the Democratic platform, as well as Bernie Sanders’ 2016 election efforts. We also explore the similarities and differences that have emerged within the Democratic Party as a result of the 2008 election.

It’s a big year