"Brain-to-computer interfaces are coming. Maybe in five years, maybe in 20, but they’re inevitable as Christmas.
And when they arrive, they will change our society forever.
Technology to connect our brains directly to the internet already exists in various labs around the world, and the first primitive steps towards full connection between humanity and electronics are already in use.
In 2012, US TV show 60 Minutes showed a paralysed woman named Jan Scheuermann feeding herself a bar of chocolate using a robotic arm controlled by her brain.
That same brain sensor was shown to be just as capable of controlling an F-35 stealth fighter.
Matt Bell, Director of Design at DXLab an an expert in this field, warns we could be hacking our brains before we’ve fully understood them – with serious consequences.
He said “Historically our technological advancements tend to precede our full scientific understanding of underlying phenomena.
“We invented the pulley but didn’t really know the dynamics and mechanical properties that made it work, all the physics behind it.
“We invented a medicine with a herb that tends to help with some kind of ailment and then we figured out why, biochemically it works.
“My fear with this, is that if we don’t fully understand the brain first, we’re messing with it in maybe a permanent way, maybe not – you might be do something that you regret.”"
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