Connecting Our Brains: Should We?

So here I am reading this article on Massive Science titled: “Scientists sent thoughts from brain to brain with nothing in between“. I know, I am teeing all of you up to provide jokes like “last time my Dr. did a brain scan, he told me there was nothing as well.” Barump-ching!

Now that that is out of the way, let’s get back to the real topic at hand. The idea of connecting our brains telepathically has been around for decades, typically as part of a science fiction novel, movie, or whatever form you wish to choose. The point is, this is not a new concept.

What is new, as this article points out, is that we recently seen advances in technological interfaces between brain and machine, and now that has led us to brain-to-brain interfaces allowing direct brain-to-brain interaction between humans using electroencephalography (EEG) caps, to measure brain activity via electrical signals. I will leave this here and encourage you to read the full article. It is quite fascinating and enlightening.

As the article points out toward the end, there are some ethical aspects of this to consider with all of this as well, not to mention information security, privacy, and many more elements that impact information governance and management.

From the ethical perspective, the question one might ask is even though this may be possible, and someday become a commonplace reality, should we pursue it? What pandora’s box do we open when thought transfer, transmitted peer influence, and access to personal information residing in a person’s biological memory becomes a reality? Does society evolve into what Star Trek referred as a “hive mind” as presented with the Borg?

In My View

It is no secret that I resonate to technological advances and the possibilities that lie ahead as a result of developing those conceptual technologies into realities. It is a passion and joy to witness how far we human have come and the potential to move the needle so much farther.

It is also a passion of mine to look at technology from many different angles, identifying opportunities for said technologies to benefit and harm humankind, and challenge the ethical or moral use of these evolving technologies.

In this case I can see opportunity for this technology to give voice where no voice can be heard, using telepathic transmission as the communication vehicle. I can also see misuse of this capability in being able to control its use for the good of humankind as opposed to the use for manipulation of society, mind control, and ultimately, turning our society into a population of sheep following a single will, versus independent thinkers willing to take the risks, dream of the impossible and turn that impossibility into reality.

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