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Media Type: Article - Recent
Date of Publication: august 31
Year of Publication: 2021
Publication City: Brussels, Belgium
Author(s): Melissa Heikkilä
Technology is giving access to the inner workings of the brain, and policymakers are scrambling to regulate it.
In 2019, Rafael Yuste successfully implanted images directly into the brains of mice and controlled their behavior. Now, the neuroscientist warns that there is little that can prevent humans from being next.
If used responsibly, neurotechnology — in which machines interact directly with human neurons — can be used to understand and cure stubborn illnesses like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and assist with the development of prosthetic limbs and speech therapy.
But if left unregulated, neurotechnology could also lead to the worst corporate and state excesses, including discriminatory policing and privacy violations, leaving our minds as vulnerable to surveillance as our communications.
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