I am writing a detective story where one of the detectives can read people's minds; however, as this cannot be used in court they need a machine that can a) record and visualize an individual's thoughts, and b) differentiate between mundane thoughts and thoughts that an individual will actually do.
However my conundrum is that if a machine could do these things, then what would be the point of the Telepath in the first place?
My idea was that the Telepath can read thoughts and memories and is able to 'pull' these memories to the surface or conscious, but the machine can only read thoughts; what an individual is currently thinking, but cannot read memories. So, a non-telepath wouldn't be able to use this machine as they would have no idea how to navigate an individual's mind.
Do you think this makes sense or not? Any ideas are welcome.