13 Nov '17, 2pm

Q&A: The Ethics of Using Brain Implants to Upgrade Yourself

Q&A: The Ethics of Using Brain Implants to Upgrade Yourself

The important question about brain-computer interfaces is, “What is the killer app?” Right now it’s replacing biological function that has been lost. That’s a killer app for a very small percentage of the population (such as people dealing with paralysis or blindness). For the larger population, it has to be something we really want to have, and can’t get any other way. If the implant is just supplying information, it has to be a lot better than smartphones or computer screens or even virtual reality. Maybe it would be an implant that controls your weight setpoint, so you can say, “I want to be 20 kilos.” This might actually make you want to put some electrodes in your head.

Full article: https://spectrum.ieee.org/the-human-os/biomedical/ethics/...

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