Nita Farahany uses various strategies to argue for her views in her TED talk “When technology can read minds, how will we protect our privacy?”

Farahany generally employs direct argumentation where she clearly presents the reasoning behind her views, but there are also some shifts in her strategy towards more indirect argumentation as she moves towards the more speculative parts of her talk.

The first main claim she has to argue for is that the day of mind-reading “may be closer than you think” (l. 11). Her argumentation strategy here is fairly straightforward. She starts by giving an outline of the current state of EEG technology, coupled with some specific examples of the impressive things this technology is already capable of. Finally, she notes that the technology will probably continue to advance at a rapid pace, so it is not unreasonable to assume that “...more and more of what’s happening in the human brain can and will be decoded over time” (ll. 29-30).

Of course she cannot say this with complete certainty as she is speaking of the future, but still her reasoning makes se...

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