Brain “Mind”Link Technology
Brain Implants for MIND/BRAIN CONTROL!
There could be conflict between the personal freedom to use one‘s economic resources to get an implant that will enhance one‘s physical capabilities and what society at large considers desirable or ethically acceptable.“
Public awareness of the MIND CONTROL Technologies and experiments on humans and its impact on individuals and society in Sweden and Europe.
Only within a small sphere of military / medical classified research and industrial projects are factual knowledge available. It has once been of scientific research has focused on the new technologoist is developed into a commercial orgy of humantorture and humiliation,injury to a third party carried out by researchers and their speaking computers with artificial intelligence. How long shall attempt to sacrifice their families and work have to fight for their human rights in the frenzy of abuse that is now underway on software developed for mapping the brain. 25-04-2010. MINDTECH seeks to establish a network of laymen and media. This group will be dealing with the social and ethical sides to research, development and the implementation of emerging technologies in our society. The most interesting part are the Direct Human Brain – artifcial intelegence – Interface System technologies. MINDTECH will do extensive and thorough research into this totally new area, which at this point, is being investigated only by the few
Implant chip in the human brain.Synthetic telepathy is communication systems built on thoughts, not speech. Multimedia communication network is based. Brain copying is performed around the clock, largely by learning computer, copying is nothing short of serious torture. No one would voluntarily give informed consent to this serious research abuse. It takes years of learning and program development to develop the new computer-brain interfaces and multimedia language between man and computer. Subjects are now against their will has been online for 6.5 years on Man-Brain-Computer-Interface.
Neurological research has progressed so far that you can hack the neural system is wireless, which means that a computer can communicate with your brain and store all your sensory experiences, and then studying your kognetiva behavior, ie, the ultimate human study. The commercial user fields are endless and it feels no need to explain the far-reaching consequences when abused. This technology brain-computer interaction has happened during the 2000’s and will revoltion our way of life. As intelligence or sensory “amplifiers”, the implantable chip will generate at least four benefits: 1) it will increase the dynamic range of senses, enabling, for example, seeing IR, UV, and chemical spectra; 2) it will enhance memory; 3) it will enable “cyberthink” — invisible communication with others when making decisions, and 4) it will enable consistent and constant access to information where and when it is needed. For many these enhancements will produce major improvements in the quality of life, or their survivability, or their performance in a job. The first prototype devices for these improvements in human functioning should be available in 5 years, with the military prototypes starting within ten years, and information workers using prototypes within 5 years; general adoption will take roughly about 10 years. The brain chip will probably function as a prosthetic cortical implant. The user’s visual cortex will receive stimulation from a computer based either on what computer sees or based on an artificial “window” interface.
Pick up where nature left off, incorporating Google-like master maps into neural implants. This in turn would allow us to search our own memories — not just those on the Web — with something like the efficiency and reliability of a computer search engine. By: Ellen McMcgee (Boston) and Mc gee and Mq Maguire jr. Jr (KTH Kista Stockholm SWEDEN) First, we have to remember that all sensory data we experience is converted into electrical signals that the brain can process. The brain does a very good job of this, and we in turn experience these inputs as subjective awareness (namely through consciousness and feelings of qualia); our perception of reality is therefore nothing more than the brain’s interpretation of incoming sensory information. Now imagine that you could stop this sensory data at the conversion point and replace it with something else. “This in turn would allow us to search our own memories — not just those on the Web — with something like the efficiency and reliability of a computer search engine.” he postulates. “How much would you pay to have a small memory chip implanted in your brain if that chip would double the capacity of your short-term memory? Or guarantee that you would never again forget a face or a name?” Clearly DARPA (USA) and SÄPO,FOI (Sweden)would pay quite a lot, given that the research arm of the US military continues to fund scientific development of that exact technology. In recent decades meetings, between nanotechnology, information technology, biotechnology and neuroscience have produced a new research area, which is developing new, unknown products and services. We are facing a new revolution, which are currently, of universal neurocomputing. A unique perceptual tool, not only does our conscious minds, but also imitate them, sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. The right to search for truth implies also a duty one must not conceal any part of what one has found to be true. ALBERT EINSTEIN
IBM: Mind reading within reach in 5 years
(CBS) December 19, 2011
The world is changing fast–maybe faster than we ever thought. And within five years, science fiction is going to turn into non-fiction. We’ll be able to read each other’s minds, forget all our passwords.
These are just three of the five predictions IBM announced this morning as part of its annual “5 in 5” prognostication project.
The list is meant to promote long-term work being done under Big Blue’s Smarter Planet initiative–and the company says “5 in 5″ already has a track record of success. In 2008, IBM says, it suggested that within five years, consumers would talk to the Web–and the Web would respond. This, the predictions are a bit more :
- Mind reading is no longer science fiction.
- You will never need a password again.
- The digital divide will cease to exist.
- Junk mail will become priority mail.
It would seem the most interesting idea posited by IBM is the one about reading minds. But lest you think that what its scientists are saying is that you’ll be able to glare at a friend–or perhaps more importantly, an enemy–and know what he or she is thinking, that may be more than five years off. Rather, this is about how our brain implant might someday be synced with computing devices: If you just need to think about calling someone, it happens. Or you can control the cursor on a computer screen just by thinking about where you want to move it.
We’ve been issuing the Next 5 in 5 predictions for the past six years. So, how are we doing? Mindful of the difficulty, and considering the fact that for most of the predictions less than five years have passed, we’ve done pretty well. Two of the first year’s predictions, for instance, have pretty much come true: We will be able to access healthcare remotely from just about anywhere in the world. Today, through telemedicine, patients can connect with physicians or specialists from just about anywhere via inexpensive computers and broadband networks. Doctors can view x-rays and other diagnostic imagery from thousands of miles away. Technologies the size of a few atoms will address areas of environmental importance. Nanotechnology is now used in countless fields and industries, including agriculture, biotechnology and sensor networks, enabling us to understand and interact with the natural environment like never before.
Predictions from other years have panned out as well. A couple of examples: You will have a crystal ball for your health. Thanks to advances in genetic research and high-performance computing it is now possible to affordably decipher an individual’s entire genome. This makes it possible for physicians to alert people to medical conditions they might fall prey to, and it clears the pathway, eventually, to truly personal medicine. You will talk to the Web…and the Web will talk back. Today, speech recognition and mobile communications technologies make it possible for people to talk to the Internet using their computers or mobile phones, be understood, and listen to automated voices that are responsive to their needs. The Next 5 in 5 initiative got its start in an IBM Innovation Jam in 2006. The seed goal was to get the entire company thinking about grand challenges. “If you give people a grand challenge you push them to really innovate,” says Meyerson. “That’s when extraordinary things can happen.” IBM has played a significant role in each of these breakthroughs. So, it’s working.
By: Anders Sandberg. Oxford U.K An implant. It is an independent processor linked to the neurocomputer built to house an artifcial intelegence. The artifcial intelligence program has access to the sensory data and information in the neurocomputer, and can “read” surface thoughts of the owner (of course, access controls can be set if needed, both in the implant and the (artifcial intelegence). Having a (or several) as advisor/secretary/partner is becoming more and more common, although most people rely on an external artifcial intelegence system and a wireless neural connection. It is not uncommon for users to get a motoric shunt to give the artifcial intelegence the ability to control the body.Chips with monitoring artifcial intelegence are sometimes used for or behaviour correction in Landfall.
An implant of the limbic system, enabling the owners to control their moods. Normally it just sets an allowed range and a bias (e.g. towards cheerfulness or calm), but it can also induce stronger emotional states. The implant is somewhat dangerous due to the risk of addiction to extreme positive states; most users at least tend to improve their mood. Originally it was developed on Nova for treatment of certain emotional disorders, especially the rare but devastating OIAIS (Ocean Induced AutoImmune Syndrome, an autoimmune illness induced by certain poisons causing severe mood swings due to damage of the limbic system). Later more widespread use developed. There are also moodcasters, systems sending signals to the implants of people who have allowed access. Moodcasters are mainly used in virtual dramas. Autonomous control Enables the owner to control many aspects of the autonomous nervous system such as hunger, sleep or pain. Turning off these functions are of course dangerous, but sometimes useful. It can also act as a super-alarm clock (guaranteed to wake you up) or “homeostatic tuner” to optimise the hormone balance of the body.
Mind Control “Brain Control” and Brain Cloning !
“To build a Computerbrain”
Are You a Robosapiens YET ?
In a scene right out of a George Orwell novel, a team of scientists working in the fields of “neural engineering” and “Biomimetic MicroElectronic Systems” have successfully created a chip that controls the brain and can be used as a storage device for long-term memories. In studies the scientists have been able to record, download and transfer memories into other hosts with the same chip implanted. The advancement in technology brings the world one step closer to a global police state and the reality of absolute mind control.
More terrifying is the potential for implementation of what was only a science fiction fantasy – the “Thought Police” – where the government reads people’s memories and thoughts and then rehabilitate them through torture before they ever even commit a crime based on a statistical computer analysis showing people with certain types of thoughts are likely to commit a certain type of crime in the future.
We already pre-emptively invade nations and torture alleged terrorist suspects with absolutely no due process of law, so the idea of pre-emptively torturing a terrorist suspect before hand to prevent them from committing an act of terrorism in the future really isn’t that far fetched of an idea.
Perhaps a less sensational example, than those I just depicted out of own of Orwell’s famous dystopian novels would be using the technology as it is depicted the modern day Matrix movies, in which computer programs are uploaded into people’s brains allowing them to instantly learn how to perform a wide variety of tasks.
That is exactly the example that Smart Planet uses in their write-up on the USC press release.
The implants used to achieve group consciousness. Unlike an ordinary neuro, (atrificial intelligence) inteface it connects to most of the cerebral cortex and has a much higher bandwidth. It can send and receive signals not just of primary sensory and motor information but also higher order associations and thoughts. Since each human has an individual “mental language” sophisticated translation systems and much training is required before digital telepathy is possible. Wideband links are also used by the Net Transcendence and Next Step Foundation in their experiments with expanding the human mind. One of the most controversial and interesting applications is to let software rewrite parts of the cortex; theoretically this could be the ultimate psychodesign, even if it is currently extremely crude.
Medial forebrain pacemaker
An implant in the motivation and pleasure centres that is controlled by the owner’s neurocomputer. It is illegal and very addictive: users quickly become hooked on anything that activates it. It can be used together with behaviour therapy to change habits and personality.
Thought Control – a new ethical problem! Being able to connect the human brain to a computer via electrodes open, of course, frightening possibilities. Will it be possible to control a person’s thoughts?
There are important ethical aspects of this. It would, of course, theoretically able to control brain functions and modify the human personality. For example, make them more or less prone to aggression or to increase learning ability by adding to chronic stimulation. It’s like with everything else, with the knowledge that there can use it in many ways, “says Göran Lundborg Sweden
People who are exposed without informed consent for research abuse and torture of the new technology, explained idiot when they seek help from authorities. This lack of knowledge caused by the researchers to withhold reports on the technology’s existence
By: Anders Sandberg. Oxford U.K
The future may well involve the reality of science fiction’s cyborg, persons who have developed some intimate and occasionally necessary relationship with a machine. It is likely that implantable computer chips acting as sensors, or actuators, may soon assist not only failing memory, but even bestow fluency in a new language, or enable “recognition” of previously unmet individuals. The progress already made in therapeutic devices, in prosthetics, and Brain in computer science indicate that it may well be feasible to develop direct interfaces between the brain and computers.
Colleague, Professor Gershenfeld, asserts that “in 5 years, computers will be everywhere; in 10 years, embedded by bioengineers in our bodies…” Neither visionary professes any qualms about this project, which they expect to alter human nature itself. “Suddenly technology has given us powers with which we can manipulate not only external reality — the physical world — but also, and much more portentously, ourselves.” Once networked the result will be a “collective intellegence, consciousness”, “the hive mind.” “The hive mind…is about taking all these trillions of cells in our skulls that make individual intelligence. consciousness and putting them together and arriving at a new kind of consciousness that transcends all the individuals.”
BRAIN CHIP FUTURE... By: Ellen.McGee and MQ Maguire Jr (KTH STOCKHOLM SWEDEN)
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By: Magnus Olsson / SWEDEN
Research & Progress of computer chips in the brain!
With computer chips in the brain: Who am I?
Of Susanna Radovic from F & F 2009. I remain the same person ony a part of my brain is replaced by a computer chip?
If it were possible, would you have to implant a computer chip in the brain that helped you to remember better? Or to concentrate long periods at a time, or smoothing any mood swings?
Today you can improve and modify the damaged cognitive and mental ability of medical means. But scientists are also on track to develop “brain prosthesis”, that is, artificial implants that can take over a damaged brain function. If Alzheimer’s disease has damaged the part of the brain that is responsible for storage of new memories, would simply be able to replace it with a prosthesis, a computer chip that works on the same principle as the brain itself and that can communicate with the brain’s nerve cells. Similar procedures could also replace other parts of the brain with artificial prostheses.
The development of new methods in medical research raises many ethical problems. Such is the case also with brain implants. But chip in the brain raises other philosophical questions, those related to the ego nature, personal identity, consciousness and free will.
When replacing a part of my brain with an implant will I become a different person? Or rather a robot? Will I be aware that I have a partial artificial brain, or I turn into a zombie? What happens to my free will – can I control my prosthesis or denture, which will govern me?
Research on brain prosthetics have been going on for decades. As early as 1964 placed Jose Delgado, neuroscientists at Yale University in U.S., Electrodes in the heads of both animals and humans with spectacular results. Before a stunned audience got Delgado, by simply pressing a button, a bull to stop an attack and calmly turn back. In his hand he had a remote that was connected to the electrodes inside the head of the bull, and a signal to the bull’s brain Delgado could get it to stop.
Could the same technology could be used to control people’s behavior? Is it possible to get a man to do anything against her own will by stimulating the brain in this way? Delgado performed similar experiments on humans, and when asked teach one subject in the laboratory Delgado as saying: “I suppose, Doctor, that your electricity is stronger than my will.”
BY: Magnus Olsson SWEDEN 3/5 2010
This development is a threat to democracy and much more.
Even less is known and discussed issues concerning the electromagnetic system controlled by artificial intelligence in interaction with the human brain.
Brain-Computer Interaction and Artificial Intelligence technologies for research and / or implementation of which represent entirely new aspects of the problem in the issue of radiation protection, health, safety, privacy, confidentiality and informed consent.
Brain-Computer Interaction in electronic form, working alternately with the influence of a person or a group of people’s opinions, feelings, thoughts, reaction patterns, and memory and behavior.
Research and technological development is done in / moved to countries where legislation, control and public scrutiny is minimal or nonexistent.
Read more on www.mindcontrol.se “Science” technology are available. We can no longer deny that the development goes against the “Mind control” Systems.
UN mighty Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a platform. Here are committing Sweden and Europe in research and development of crimes against our fundamental rights as citizens.
pick up where nature left off, incorporating Google-like master maps into neural implants. This in turn would allow us to search our own memories — not just those on the Web — with something like the efficiency and reliability of a computer search engine.
By: Ellen McMcgee (Boston) and Mc gee and Mq Maguire jr. Jr (KTH Kista Stockholm SWEDEN)
How threatening for mankind is an Artificial Brain ?
First let me state that at this moment the biggest threat for mankind is the human specie ! ABC-weapons in wrong hands can result in extreme damaging behavior.
25-04-2010. MINDTECH seeks to establish a network of laymen and media. This group will be dealing with the social and ethical sides to research, development and the implementation of emerging technologies in our society.
Meanwhile, philosophers working alongside the researchers say it’s time to find out more about how the public feels about such bionic research, which in some cases is being used to enhance human memory, physical abilities and perception.“
Not yet published research materials in interdisciplinary brain research and development of computer-brain interface must therefore be attributed to an unknown number of defenseless experimental subjects, many with families whose lives are destroyed in a wild orgy of computer abuse.This is to copy the cognitive behaviors and human perception in the development of quantum physics.Try The items have no options or informed consent, served as on-line research materials on aging.
MindUploading.org addresses the specific issues that may arise when neural prostheses are customized to a specific patient, and when large scale neural prostheses lead to whole brain emulation: the emulation of a patient’s complete brain function in a prosthetic substrate. Site content is focused on neuroscience and computational research that is involved in an eventual progression from neural prostheses to the applied science of whole brain emulation, including the concept of “mind-transfer”.
The natural conclusion is that the perpetrators have something to gain by doing this to us. We are victims of experimentation done on humans without consent. Two areas of research are Artificial Intelligence and Non-Lethal Weapons.
It is inevitable. In the near future, someone will decide to record every moment of a human life from birth to death in digital storage. This will be more than an extreme reality TV stunt. It will mark the era of personal memory offloading, an adaptive memory technology that records and indexes every single moment of your life. Offloading personal memory begins with a personal memory device, or a PMD. The basic PMD would be no more complex than a nano chip implant in the brain that captures your every experience. A PMD could be easily fitted shortly after birth; the least invasive option would be like a Bluetooth headset worn over the ear connected wirelessly to a local device no larger than a cell phone. Once installed, the PMD would capture and upload all first-person memories to a centralized database for indexing, search, and recall.
Would the PMD remember where you parked? Always. Will it warn you when you are about to walk away and leave your hat and sunglasses on the bench behind you? Totally. Will it send you birthday reminders, schedule your meetings, remind you to pick up your dry-cleaning and let you program your DVR with voice commands? Yes. Will it find your car keys and remote control for you? Maybe. Will it record your innermost thoughts? Probably not. It won’t always be perfect, but it will greatly extend your normal range of memory, and over time it will become like an indispensable part of your brain.
External data is easy to record and index, but internal memory such as feelings, thoughts, ideas, and dreams present some engineering challenges. The PMD could be fitted with an invasive brain implant to extend functionality, but to keep things simple, let’s consider some cheap, non-invasive solutions. Biometric data such as temperature, galvanic skin response, brainwave activity, pulse, respiration rates, and perspiration levels can monitor mood, arousal, activity levels, and so on. This biometric data, no matter how spotty, can be used to generate a dynamic emotional profile for any individual as they move through their day. Speech and behavioral analysis can also track levels of focus and activity to indicate mood and engagement in reality. Facial gestures and voice pitch can be tracked to sense subtle emotional reactions to stimulus. There could be a service that monitors your diet and daily routines to see if you are acting in healthy or unhealthy ways. If environmental data capture is complete, filling in emotional data from biometric analysis would be a simple software task.
With your PMD you would be able to say, “Remember the time I did (activity) with (person) at (location)?” and your PMD would search your memory database and stream the audio, video, and emotional rendering of the experience to your cell phone. Or you could ask, “Remember that book I read on chimpanzees? Who was the author?” Multiple memories may fit your query and be returned as a basic search list with text, video, and audio links. Similar memories with substituted variables might be offered up as tangents. Your request may provide you with “links” to other activities at that same location or to other books you have read by the same author. Beyond that, you could watch yourself relive important memories, or if friends and family members had similar devices, you could share personal events and watch group memories through multiple perspectives. Human memory integrity need no longer rely on lossy neural compression and the unreliable he-said/she-said narratives that compose written history. It would all be a matter of public record stored in time-stamped relational database tables for all of history. At the very least, it may save a few arguments between married couples.
The PMD sounds like science fiction, but the technology for creating it exists today. It could be an iPhone app. The engineering hurdles would be the physical disk space and CPU cycles needed for daily storage, compression, and indexing of video and audio data for every person with a PMD. Let’s assume storage and CPU cycles are solvable problems and that indexing and compression of video and speech data will only get better and faster over time. So pretty soon, for a moderate monthly fee, you could get a PMD system bundled with your cable, cell-phone, or internet bill. With a pocket or desktop unit, your daily memory will be locally stored and indexed. The relevant data points would then be uploaded to a central server for global storage and cross-indexing with other personal memories and digital records over the course of your lifetime. Like a Tivo, your PMD would be able to predict which memories you want to save, which memories your friends and family will like, and which memories are private, redundant, or expendable. It would be easy to customize these features for each individual, making indexing personal memory an intuitive task that would involve automatically setting user preferences based on daily routines; mirroring actual learning and memory networking in the brain.
Most interestingly, the PMD can be used a social memory or cloud memory device. If you select the social memory networking option, then your public memories can be shared with anyone who shares overlapping memories with you, making shared social memory (the collective consciousness) an instantly accessible reality. This raises some privacy issues, but cell phones already track our location and capture audio and video; capturing every moment of environmental data for cloud-memory rendering is merely the logical endpoint of this technology. You could jump in on a friend’s memory stream and share their experiences over the internet; you could watch a rock concert through the eyes of the guitarist, lead singer, or anyone in the crowd. Then you could replay that concert over and over from different angles. With environmental data capture from multiple PMDs, recreating any event in virtual space becomes a matter of video crunching and graphics rendering. Rendered PMD cloud data could recreate crime scenes or accidents for review in court; create virtual classrooms and training centers; or make vacation memories available to friends on Facebook. You would never again have to ask, “Remember that time…?” All you would have to do is send a link to their PMD. They will remember.
Implant chip in the human brain.Synthetic telepathy is communication systems built on thoughts, not speech. Multimedia communication network is based. Brain copying is performed around the clock, largely by learning computer, copying is nothing short of serious torture. No one would voluntarily give informed consent to this serious research abuse. It takes years of learning and program development to develop the new computer-brain interfaces and multimedia language between man and computer. Subjects are now against their will has been online for five years on Man-Brain-Computer-Interface.
The Human Brain Project
Read E.U -commisioner Professor Rafael Capuros presentation.
And look at Ray kurzweils video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqXBLDyGOjI
Magnus Olsson (SWEDEN)
Bioethics,,,Look at this,,,
Our Mission: Will humans have a free will in the future? MINDTECH Sweden, EUROPE has been established to create an awareness of nanotechnology and disadvantages of human-machine integration, and the great race between computer companies for reverse engineering (mind uploading) of the human brain.
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BMI and the new system brain science
Director of ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories
Supernatural powers are highly popular among the subjects of paranormal phenomena, so if I say that a new technology called “Brain Machine Interface (BMI),” which links cranial nerve science with information and telecommunications technology, is turning some of these powers into reality, people outside of this field will probably be astonished. There are tricks and gimmicks behind this.
“Telekinesis,” which is an ability to move objects with only the mind, has been realized as BMI that manipulates computers only by thinking, generates orders to control robots, and moves wheelchairs. “Psychography,” which produces images that were visualized in the mind on photographic printing paper, has been realized as decoding (decoding of brain information) technology that reproduce images from the activity of the visual area of the cerebral cortex measured by functional magnetic resonance imaging. “Teleportation,” which is instantaneous transportation to a remote location, has been realized as a two-way communication through the internet that uses the brain activity of a monkey in the east coast of the U.S. to control a humanoid robot in Kyoto.
Also, research on “telepathy,” which is direct information exchange between minds, has been developt as a research theme of neural science. There are two ways as described below on how the dreamlike BMI technology can enrich our lives.
The first way is to apply BMI technology to the medical/welfare fields. Here, BMI can be considered as follows: “An attempt to reconstruct, treat, and enhance the three main functions of the brain; sensation, nerve center and locomotion with electrical artificial circuits.” This might sound like a wild imagination in science fiction movies, but the sensory and nerve center functions have already been put to practical use. A representative example of artificial sensory BMI is the cochlear implant, which restored the hearing of two hundred thousand people around the world. The artificial retina is almost at the stage of practical use, and the artificial vestibular organ to cure dizziness is also being researched. Deep brain stimulation to stop tremors of Parkinson’s disease patients which could not be treated by drugs has been good news for one thousand people just in Japan.
Regarding the locomotion control type BMI, various countries around the world are fiercely competing in the research and development to restore the physical functions and communication abilities which were lost by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal cord injury or stroke, and to treat them. It has been said that Japan is 10 years behind the U.S. and Germany, but aided by the support of Strategic Research Program for Brain Sciences by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, it has now emerged to the top position in the world in two applications: minimally invasive type BMI that uses electrocorticogram and treatment type BMI that promotes rehabilitation.
The second way is to apply BMI to the information and telecommunications field. It can be said that communication, and information and telecommunications such as language, characters, printing, telegraph, telephone and internet are the most important technologies that distinguish humans from other animals, but we are still just communicating data such as characters, codes, sounds or images, and have not gone beyond the bounds of data communication. In another words, we still do not have the technology that selects what we really want to know and tell through communication, such as emotion, feelings, affectivity or information within the brain, and to transmit them directly. Because of this, a large amount of useless data is wandering around the internet, consuming tremendous energy and damaging the environment.
If we take a wider view without being limited to the medical and welfare areas, BMI can also be described as “a technology to directly connect the brain with information and telecommunications equipment.” Whereas the conventional information and telecommunications technology, no matter how advanced, could only realize communication between brains through the bottleneck of human sensory receptors and locomotion effectors which have narrow bandwidths, it will become possible to communicate by a kind of telepathic, nonverbal communication. As a result, if we can choose only what we really wish to communicate and transmit a small amount of data, it will become possible for us to instantly understand the intention without feeling any stress from the flood of information, and we will enjoy happy communication with low carbon consumption. Apart from this, as for civilian use of BMI, games have already been commercialized, and manipulation of robots has been under research.
It is said that in revolutionary technology, the stronger the brightest side is, the darker the shadowy side will be. BMI is literally such an example, and although it has the potential to change not only medicine/welfare but even the future industrial structure, on the other hand, various ethical problems could occur. First, there is a danger of military use. Also, when the brain is connected directly with information and telecommunications equipment, the brain will change through synaptic plasticity. Since BMI is directly connected to the brain, there is a possibility that a drastic change will occur in the brain, more than the changes that occurred when humans used automobiles or word processors. Also, electric stimuli such as deep brain stimulation is considered to be safer because unlike medicine, it only affects certain parts of the brain; but on the other hand, it is hard to foresee what sort of long term effect might emerge as it is different from medicine which has a history of thousands of years.
Also, even if treatment with BMI is accepted, there may be criticism that it would be morally unacceptable to use it for enhancing abilities that could create supermen, or that it would be questionable to use it for games when there is a possibility that it could drastically change the brain. The Japan Neuroscience Society is dealing with BMI in its newly revised ethics rules, and the Strategic Research Program for Brain Sciences by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology tried a revolutionary approach to request the involvement of several ethics specialists from the start of the projects in order to address the so-called “neuroethics” head-on. We, researchers, need to tell the society about the reality of BMI research and future effects as comprehensible as possible, and must widen and deepen our communication with the society.
BMI technology is not just an application, but it is useful as a tool for new researches that can fundamentally transform system neuroscience. In most of the conventional brain research at the system level, the methodology was to perform experiments in limited aspects according to a certain hypothesis, and examine whether or not the obtained brain activity or the behavioral data correlates with certain explanatory variables that appear in the hypothesis to verify this hypotheses. This was done because the objects of the research were things such as higher cognition functions of the human brain, which were overly complicated. Accordingly, discussions that went across the deep hierarchies unique to brain science inevitably became anecdotal.
In summary, the conventional research method was led by hypotheses, used correlation as the main tool, and interpreted the data. More and more researchers are not satisfied with this. The method is changing direction toward being led by data, predicting the dynamics of brain activity or behavior, experimentally manipulating the expression of information in the brain, and to verify the theory or model including the principle of cause and effect.
The trigger for this new academic trend is largely due to matters such as the ability to predict various physical/mental conditions from the brain activity by making use of BMI or its basic technology, the algorithm to decode brain information; also by the ability to extract contracted common expressions of the brain, body, and environment from a huge amount of data; and also the possibility to manipulate the expression of information in the brain in real time by incorporating the brain within the experimental system.
I sincerely hope that BMI continues growing to become a respectable major application field of brain science in the future and contributes to the society, and also becomes an impetus to transform brain science itself.
The following information was evidence provided in a civil suit against the federal government in the case Akwei v. NSA (92-0449). John St. Clair Akwei is a former National Security Agency employee and whistle-blower who exposed the use of neural monitoring to spy on individuals. The Signals Intelligence mission of the NSA has evolved into a program of decoding EMF waves in the environment for wirelessly tapping into computers and tracking persons with the electrical currents in their bodies.