A recently solved murder case in Dubai shows that science fiction movies have become a reality. Instead of traditional methods, the Dubai Police solved the case using a new technology developed by Brainwave Science, Inc, which makes it possible to literary read the minds of crime suspects.
This technology is called iCognative, but those familiar with it often call it “memory print” or “brain fingerprinting.” The science behind it is fairly easy to understand. When the human brain recognizes a known object, image, or piece of information, it involuntarily emits the so-called P300 wave.
The P300 wave is an event-related brain potential that can be measured using electroencephalography (EEG), and that’s exactly what iCognative does.
“We used the technology in a murder at a warehouse. Experts showed [the workers] pictures related to the crime, which only the person who committed it would know,” said Lt Colonel Mohammad Al Hammadi, Director of Criminology for Dubai Police. “After the session, the [brain mapping] device helped identify the main suspect who then admitted to having committed the murder.”
Lt Colonel Mohammad Al Hammadi has confirmed that the Dubai Police will continue using iCognative when solving future crimes. Other law enforcement agencies around the globe are also trialing the technology, while others, such as India’s police force, have been using it for years.
The technique for the detection of concealed information with event-related brain potentials was pioneered by American neuroscientist Lawrence A. Farwell, who described its potential for lie detection in his 2012 research paper.
If you would like to see a real convicted murderer, Steven Avery, be brain fingerprinted by Lawrence A. Farwell, you can watch the second season of Netflix’s “Making of a Murderer“. If this isn’t good use of science fiction, then I don’t know what is.
Abu Dhabi’s Hub71 To Help Climate Technology Startups
The initiative was announced at the COP28 summit and will help selected startups with a $200,000 cash injection and further incentives.
Hub71, Abu Dhabi’s global technology system, has launched a new initiative to support climate technology startups backed by several of the UAE’s largest public and private sector organizations.
A total of 342 startups have submitted applications so far, with the top companies being added to a shortlist that will be revealed shortly. Selected startups will receive Dh250,000 ($68,000) in incentives and an upfront cash support package of Dh250,000. In addition, the top performers of Hub71’s new initiative will also receive a top-up of up to Dh250,000 in exchange for additional equity.
Ahmad Alwan, deputy chief executive of Hub71, said: “This initiative aims to bring in different entities that have a shared mission towards climate tech […] Throughout the journey, we will support these companies, not only from being startups to becoming mature companies but also to facilitate their engagement with entities that would support them with access to capital, market, and talent”.
The Hub71+ ClimateTech ecosystem is backed by the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company and the National Central Cooling Company, who have each pledged Dh500,000 to the initiative as anchor partners.
They are joined by corporate partners, including Abu Dhabi holding company ADQ, Aldar Properties, sovereign wealth fund Mubadala, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Masdar City, and Dubai’s Emirates NBD. In addition, Siemens Energy is also onboard as an anchor partner.
So far, Hub71 has helped 260 member startups and created over 1,000 jobs, according to the organization’s website. In addition, it has collectively raised around Dh5 billion since its foundation in 2019.