Neuralink could sell your thoughts and secrets to the highest bidder who alerts a cognitive psychologist

When billionaire Elon Musk announced his ambition to connect the human brain and computer five years ago, many were skeptical. Yes, but today it looks like Neuralink has made good progress in its work, as evidenced by the company’s latest results on its brain chip.

A few days ago, Neuralink and Elon Musk actually talked a lot about it by revealing the video of a monkey playing video games … through thoughts! Is this the beginning of a real neurotechnological revolution in the world of medicine, armaments and others? Maybe yes! But for some, this isn’t necessarily good news …

A privacy problem with thoughts?

Susan Schneider, a cognitive psychologist but also director of the Center for the Future Mind at Florida Atlantic University, doesn’t really have the idea of ​​connecting the human mind with artificial intelligence in her heart. It even went so far as to point out the dangers that technology could pose to the “safety” of our thoughts.

“While I am excited about the therapeutic uses of brain chips for people with movement and memory problems, I am concerned about the widespread use of brain chips in the future,” she said straightforwardly, speaking to the Observer site. “Without proper regulation, your innermost thoughts and biometric data could be sold to the highest bidder. “”

Clear legal rules must be laid down

It is important for Susan Schneider to first enact completely clear legal requirements for the collection and dissemination of cognitive data in the context of a medical experiment or medical treatment, including thoughts, of course.

Clear legal rules must be laid down. Photo credit: Shutterstock / Gorodenkoff

It should be known that, unlike neurological data protected by regulations like HIPAA, the law regarding cognitive data collected via a general public nerve implant, such as what Neuralink wants to offer, is still unclear. To give you an idea of ​​what it could be like, it’s a bit like Facebook monetizing your personal information!

It just shows that there is still a lot to be done before humans can connect their brains directly to artificial intelligence! The researchers are already excited about the therapeutic potential of such a technology. Even Susan Schneider believes it! Be continued.

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