Prisoners 'could serve 1,000 year sentence in eight hours'
Philosopher Rebecca Roache is in charge of a team of scholars focused upon the ways futuristic technologies might transform punishment. Dr Roache claims the prison sentence of serious criminals could be made worse by extending their lives.
Speaking to Aeon magazine, Dr Roache said drugs could be developed to distort prisoners' minds into thinking time was passing more slowly.
"There are a number of psychoactive drugs that distort people’s sense of time, so you could imagine developing a pill or a liquid that made someone feel like they were serving a 1,000-year sentence," she said.
A second scenario would be to upload human minds to computers to speed up the rate at which the mind works, she wrote on her blog.
"If the speed-up were a factor of a million, a millennium of thinking would be accomplished in eight and a half hours... Uploading the mind of a convicted criminal and running it a million times faster than normal would enable the uploaded criminal to serve a 1,000 year sentence in eight-and-a-half hours. This would, obviously, be much cheaper for the taxpayer than extending criminals’ lifespans to enable them to serve 1,000 years in real time."
Thirty years in prison is currently the most severe punishment available in the UK legal system.
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Future biotechnology could be used to trick a prisoner's mind into thinking they have served a 1,000 year sentence, a group of scientists have claimed. Philosopher Rebecca Roache is in charge of a team of scholars focused upon the ways futuristic technologies might transform punishment. Dr Roache claims the prison sentence of serious criminals...
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Genmetsu wrote March 19, 2014 7:00:52 PM CET
Wow this sounds like another case of science fiction possibly becoming science fact. There was an Outer Limits episode, with David Hype Pierce, with the exact same premise as what these scientists are suggesting. Except at the end of the episode David Hype Pierce discovered that this technology was far too cruel to actually use. I wonder if people in the future will come to the same conclusion. If the world continues how it is now, I sadly don't see that happening.
properREDeye wrote March 18, 2014 8:34:31 PM CET
Sounds like a quick way to psychosis to me though. I'm not sure i agree with it either, some murderer or paedo can go free in a day? That idea has some serious holes in it