Musk and Zuck support plans for brain implants

The founders of Facebook and Tesla/SpaceX share a dangerous idea that would control what you think.

Both kings of inequality are promoting plans to implant monitors into your brain.

First, Zuckerberg.

In a recent manifesto released to the Associated Press (AP) “Zuck” said the following:

robot_beauty_1b8tm9i-1b8tmai“The long term promise of AI is that in addition to identifying risks more quickly and accurately than would have already happened, it may also identify risks that nobody would have flagged at all, including terrorists planning attacks using private channels, people bullying someone too afraid to report it themselves, and other issues both local and global,” he wrote on a version of the document given to Associated Press.

That was the original version, but what was released to the public seems to be watered down, hiding the real dangers of his plan.

Looking ahead, one of our greatest opportunities to keep people safe is building artificial intelligence to understand more quickly and accurately what is happening across our community.

…Going forward, there are even more cases where our community should be able to identify risks related to mental health, disease or crime.

Using artificial intelligence to predict who will be a bully is bad enough, but Zuck has more in store for us.

zuckerbergHis foundation is now funding Dr. Rikky Muller, CEO and founder of a firm called Cortera Neurotechnologies. She wants to develop “clinically viable and minimally invasive neural interfaces” designed to be used by people suffering severe disabilities.

Her implants would be placed inside the brain with the potential to change people’s behavior by altering their “physiological responses” – such as the fight or flight response, which readies people for conflict or escape when confronted with a threat.

The implants would monitor the electrical signals within the brain and could one day be used to directly record human thoughts and allow artificial intelligence to read our minds and determine who needs further monitoring and government or corporate intervention.

“Our job at Facebook is to help people make the greatest positive impact while mitigating areas where technology and social media can contribute to divisiveness and isolation,” according to Zuck. He didn’t elaborate on how he would “mitigate.”

muskMeanwhile, Elon Musk is on the same quest, preparing to unveil new computers that can be fitted directly into the human brain. He recently tweeted that his firm was working on this technology – neural lace – and he will reveal details of the research next month.

“Neural Lace” is a science fiction term that means interfacing computers directly with human thoughts and feelings. It would allow us to plug directly into the internet, rather than using hands and eyes to access it through a computer.

“Creating a neural lace is the thing that really matters for humanity to achieve symbiosis with machines,” Musk said.

Imagine if the government and corporations had direct access to our thoughts?

Zuck already explains that his goal is to determine if you are a future risk to society, even down to actions not even criminal, such as bullying. Will the same brain implant be used to “adjust” thoughts to conform to what Zuck and his friends think is proper?

Musk adds another dimension to this, the ability to directly connect the human brain to computers to allow us to keep up with their intelligence, or potentially even surpass it.

Scientists are already working on injecting our brains with new cells in order to improve them, and, last year, researchers actually managed to inject a neural mesh into the brains of mice – the first step to create a neural lace.

mouseAccording to a new study in the journal Cell, researchers have used a state-of-the-art tissue implant, drugs, and visible-light simulation of neurons to create a sort of remote-controlled live lab mouse, according to the website

“(The study) unplugs a world of possibilities for scientists to learn how brain circuits work in a more natural setting,” study author Michael R. Bruchas, associate professor of anesthesiology and neurobiology at Washington University in St. Louis, said.

And just imagine what Madison Avenue will be able to do with this medium.

Why did you buy that? Answer: a little voice told me to do it.

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