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A recent article in The Time affirms, Up to now, we have experienced inequality in areas such as finances and opportunity. Neural inequality could be next. This would mean that some people would be able to enhance their thinking with a chip implanted in the brain, making themselves disproportionately smarter than the average. There could also be the risk of thought manipulation. With neuroscientists getting better at accessing brains and altering thinking, we are reaching a world where we could also change your mind. It’s a scary idea that someone could “write” into our mind, create thoughts and ideas in our own brain that we won’t be able to distinguish from ones that we generated ourselves. Would there even be any difference? (Moran Cerf, neuroscientist and business professor, Northwestern University*).

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The Defense Advanced Research Agency is ready to run trials with closed-loop mood control chips linked to AI that can deliver an electrical impulse to regulate a soldier’s mood. In the private sector, Elon Musk has announced Neuralink — a neurotechnology venture that will not only focus on fighting diseases but also on augmenting humans so they can better compete with machines.

Us TNW article says, All of this begs the question: Is the world ready for this kind of human enhancement, and is it a worthy idea to pursue in the first place? Well, I for one wouldn’t be standing in line waiting for my brain implant, as it would take away too much of what makes me who I am (TNW – Brain implants are happening — are you ready for yours?)

Read our related article about Sweden in the forefront of inserting microchips under skin. Light and shadows

Photo from ExtremeTech University of South California's hippocampus brain implant

 

* Now a 41-year-old associate professor of business and neuroscience at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Chicago, Cerf speaks across the globe about the brain science of dreams, free will, decision-making, learning, attention, memories and emotions.