Neuralink, one of the most popular technologies developed by Elon Musk, is believed to sell people’s thoughts once it is widely available. Experts claimed that this could be a serious issue if it becomes a reality.
Previously, Elon Musk’s Neuralink company released a video of a primate. The animal was implanted by a wireless chip. This allowed the primate to play ping-pong using only the animal’s brain.
However, although the result was a flashy display of Neuralink’s capability, some experts were still disappointed with the output. This innovation was first developed and demonstrated mind-control tech in primates decades ago.
But, it still shows that Neuralink’s ability is still growing as multiple experiments are conducted. However, this technology is still an unfished one. It might still take some years until Elon Musk completes it.
Susan Schneider, a cognition psychologist and one of Neuralink’s critics, said that while she is “excited about the therapeutic applications of brain chips for those with movement and memory problems” she also “worry about the widespread use of brain chips in the future.”
Schneider, who is also the Director of Florida Atlantic University’s Center for the Future Mind, said that if the brain chip doesn’t have “proper regulations, your innermost thoughts and biometric data could be sold to the highest bidder.”
Will Neuralink really sell your innermost thoughts?
As of the moment, the data gathered and other information it will acquire in the future will be regulated and protected by HIPAA. The reason behind this is because Elon Musk’s wireless brain chip‘s medical experiment and other activities are under the law of HIPAA.
Although there’s is HIPAA, the brain chip can still sell your thoughts since there are no legal barriers that could prevent it from doing so. If Elon Musk decided to do it, he can easily harvest and sell cognitive data through a consumer neural implant, which is a more invasive version of how Facebook and other social media platforms monetize your data.
Although Musk’s popular brain chips could be used for possible evil activities that will affect almost all the people across the globe, this will still happen after a few years. This means that humanity still has a lot of time to make plans that would prevent this from happening.
Other things to worry about
Aside from selling people’s thoughts, those who are interested to have this brain chip implanted into them still have to worry about other things. These include the technology’s limitations. According to Musk himself, Neuralink will be able to give you control over your hormones. While that’s certainly good in some cases, there’s no universal good from it.
On the other hand, you also need to consider that this brain chip could be vulnerable to hacks. Imagine if some hackers and other cybercriminals were able to have control over it. They could control those who have it within their brains.
Meanwhile, there are also some things that are not that serious but would still make some inconvenience. If Elon Musk decided to increase its brain chip’s earnings, he could allow advertising companies to send ads within your thoughts. This will be quite annoying since they could send advertisements even when your sleeping. This could also make some people insane.