Mind-reading technology: The security, privacy and inequality threats we will face

    Date29 Oct 2019
    CategoryPrivacy
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    Posted ByBrittany Day
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    Brain computer interface technology is developing fast. But just because we can read data from others' minds, should we? One thing is for sure: the implications that BCIs would have on privacy, security and inequality should be taken into account. What are your thoughts on this? Learn more: 

    Since the dawn of humanity, the only way for us to share our thoughts has been to take some kind of physical action: to speak, to move, to type out an ill-considered tweet. 

    Brain computer interfaces (BCIs), while still in their infancy, could offer a new way to share our thoughts and feelings directly from our minds through (and maybe with) computers. But before we go any further with this new generation of mind-reading technology, do we understand the impact it will have? And should we be worried?

    Depending on who you listen to, the ethical challenges of BCIs are unprecedented, or they're just a repeat of the risks brought about by each previous generation of technology. Due to the so-far limited use of BCIs in the real world, there's little practical experience to show which attitude is more likely to be the right one.

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