Selective Mindwipes On the Horizon?
-"Wipe out a single memory
Drug can clear away one fearful memory while leaving another intact."
Treatment of a mice with a drug (U0126) while being reminded of a "scary memory" seems to be able to wipe that memory out of existence. The positive idea behind this is the treatment of things such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and I'd think maybe things like phobias. But when you start messing with peoples minds, particularly in a permenant fashion, it tends to make those who are socially aware just a little bit apprehensive.
A far better solution to PTSD is to reduce stressful situations that people get thrown into; but sometimes people don't really have a choice about those things.
I don't think I'd be happy with mindwipe as punishment, or as a form of "security protection" (ala MIB). You just can't fuck about with people's minds against their will. It's not cool.