We already have some neural interfaces that help connect the brain to a computer using Artifical Intelligence. Even though that is beneficial in the medical sector only, a new report by The Royal Society says that the brain implants might enable us to read other people’s thoughts.
Of course, this sounds exciting. But, it is a scary technology as well – also hinted by the same UK-based scientific organization (the Royal Society). The Independent reviewed the report and shared pretty interesting insights that shed light on the concerns for privacy and security when utilizing brain implants.
The report mentions:
“People could become telepathic to some degree, able to converse not only without speaking but without words – through access to each other’s thoughts at a conceptual level. This could enable unprecedented collaboration with colleagues and deeper conversations with friends,”.
This technology will also let you share what you experience, taste, or hear (sensory experiences). Undoubtedly, it will be a groundbreaking tech but the question arises when it comes to controlling the brain implant.
Facebook and Tesla are already working on their version of neural interfaces for commercial purposes – but will it not risk the individual’s privacy?
And, that is why the report also insists the government look into the development of this technology so that the private companies do not get to exploit it for commercial benefits. The report also states why they want the UK government to look into it:
“They could bring huge economic benefits to the UK and transform sectors like the NHS, public health and social care, but if developments are dictated by a handful of companies then less commercial applications could be side-lined. That is why we are calling on the government to launch a national investigation.”
So, the idea of brain-computer interfaces with more abilities is good. But, we cannot be sure about how it is going to be a “controlled” technology which lets you tap into the positive side of the technology without being a weapon of surveillance. You do not want a real-life “Terminator” crisis? Do you?
Let us know your thoughts on brain implants and whether it is going to be a good thing or a bad idea?
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