Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Broadcasts to the Brain

A few days back I mentioned a British defense ministry report predicting chips implantable in humans for various purposes by 2035. Caitlin Connors at Neuroethics & Law gives some details on the full report here. A couple of key technocorrections quotes:

Broadcasts to the Brain: By 2035, an implantable information chip could be developed and wired directly to the user’s brain. Information and entertainment choices would be accessible through cognition and might include synthetic sensory perception beamed direct to the user’s senses. Wider related ICT developments might include the invention of synthetic telepathy, including mind-to-mind or telepathic dialogue. This type of development would have obvious military and security, as well as control, legal and ethical, implications.

You think?? And here's yet another:

Biotechnology: ...Quality of life will also improve through, for example, the development of bionic implants, memory enhancing drugs, increased use of animal transplants, development of artificial sensors capable of interfacing with the human mind and prosthetics capable of mimicking human actions precisely, improving human performance beyond current levels.

It's coming, folks. We can get on top and try to steer it or let it run over us, but it's coming.

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