Huge NEURALINK problems that nobody seems to want to consider – In every project he starts, Elon Musk tries to push technology to the next level. We can see it in SpaceX with reusable rockets and the Starship, or in Tesla, where he has managed to make electric transport a reality. But it’s in the Neuralink project that this push could exceed the imaginable, bringing amazing results and at the same time difficult to believe.
If you have never heard of Neuralink, I have a article that talks about it in depth, I advise you to see that first and then come back to see this one to get a more complete picture. The problems that Neuralink could create are many and definitely not to be underestimated. I premise that the project fascinates me very much and it surprised me, while writing this article, to find the amount of problems that arose once I started to get into the picture.
Very few people talk about it, yet it would be enough to simply use logic to realize what the biggest problems could be. I advise you to follow the video until the end because you will ask yourself if Neuralink is really worth it. But let’s not waste any more time and let’s dive in!
Finding material on the possible problems of Neuralink was not easy because actually at the moment it is a project still in the embryonic phase, publicly announced about a year ago. Furthermore, Neuralink’s potential is so vague and vast as to range between possibility and imagination. Just think that Neuralink’s ultimate goal is to allow fusion with AI, how crazy is that?
Many of the biggest problems will arise in the more advanced versions of the device, certainly not in the initial one in which the project proposes to solve medical issues such as Alzheimer’s. So these are not impending problems, keep this in mind as we advance in the discussion. The first problem is perhaps the most intuitive one. The patient to whom the device will be implanted, will be connected via Bluetooth or similar technology to an application on the smartphone, which will allow him to interact with a computer with actions such as moving the mouse cursor or typing with the mind.
The idea is that the application will be launched with compatibility included for the most popular platforms, such as Apple iOS or Google Android. The question, therefore, is: which applications or sites will be authorized to access and use your Neuralink data? The exchange of data will greatly complicate the cybersecurity situation of the project. With the entry of third-party applications it will be difficult to understand how much and what information can end up in the wrong hands.
Furthermore, once your data interfaces with online services and sites hosted by common providers, from that moment on, you will be vulnerable to common cyber attacks by hackers. Fun fact: the Twitter accounts of Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos were hacked a few days ago and used for a bitcoins scam. With Neuralink we are not talking about a Twitter account, but about brain hacking. Due to the sensitivity of the situation, if the Neuralink device proves to be vulnerable to cyber attacks, the project could suffer a huge blow in terms of security and credibility, because it involves much more than just personal information such as passwords or emails.
But the electrodes not only receive signals from neurons, they can also send them. They can communicate with the neurons they relate to. So what signals could be sent? What power could a hacker with access to our BMI have on us? At the very least, they would have enormous leverage to blackmail us with the threat of damage our heads. Is it so sci-fi to think that they can implant information like in the movie Inception? Or somehow condition our thoughts or even our movements.
Is it credible?
I don’t know, but certainly the mere thought is worrying. Hacker: Hey give me all your money or I’ll make your thoughts public. What? Who’s there?
Hacker: I’m an hacker, I hacked your Neuralink.
Alexa: Give it up, waste time.
Hey, are you in my head too?
Hacker: Why do you say I’m wasting time?
Alexa: His head is empty.
Hey, that’s offensive!
Bluetooth is normally considered a secure protocol because of it’s pairing system and short-range receivers. However, Trojan viruses capable of spreading via Bluetooth and used to steal data from Android devices are known. In any case, the device will have to be approved by the FDA before being marketed, and will certainly have to be regulated by various government agencies.
This will be an important step and then we will begin to have an idea of how the project will be structured. Neuralink could greatly increase the intelligence of those who have it, making the device practically indispensable in many fields. From science to industry, from medicine to politics, not to mention the military. At the same time, many people will not have access to it. Be it for economic difficulties or ethical or religious choices, or perhaps just for fear, many people will reject this change.
What will it mean to have this remarkable difference between who uses Neuralink and who doesn’t? There will be far more marked inequalities. Will the discrimination between the two worlds increase? This time it’s not about the difference of having a smartphone instead of an old phone. This time it will be human or something more. Different, in a way. Could all this damage the characteristic that makes us human, empathy? Of course, with the passage of time the parable will probably follow the usual path of new technologies, the obvious advantage that the device offers will make Neuralink an almost obligatory choice and become fashion.
Knowing Elon’s philosophy, the device will come to have an extremely affordable price over time. But even when this technology is so deeply rooted, there will be people who will not accept this change. And maybe they wouldn’t even be so wrong. The memory enhancement offered by Neuralink is another aspect to dwell on. With an almost perfect memory, a huge privacy problem would arise.
First of all, our eyes would practically become constantly active cameras. Being able to remember every detail seen thanks to the device, imagine what it would mean to walk on the street, knowing that every look that rests even casually on you is recording, even if involuntarily. The Google Glass, the augmented reality glasses, were designed to also have a front camera, which was then removed to avoid precisely this type of privacy problem. With Neuralink, we certainly can’t remove our eyes!
So having this ability to record, does that mean that for some reason someone might want to access our data? Maybe for national security, or simple police checks or random security checks, like at the airport. Have you ever seen the episode of Black Mirror The entire history of you? But is it really so nice to have the perfect memory? Of course, being able to relive the good experiences would be fantastic, but the bad ones would be there too and we know how we can be masochistic at times!
Over time, the human brain tends to weaken the memories we don’t want, the sensations we have experienced. This is why time is said to heal wounds. But with the device, we will always have them there, ready to torment us in difficult times. We could definitely delete them, you’re thinking. But is it really a good idea? The memories are all somewhat interconnected. We are who we are thanks to what we have experienced, both positively and negatively.
Bad experiences probably teach much more than good ones and by totally erasing those memories and the effect they have on us, we would erase important parts of us. I am reminded of the movie Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind. By the way, does anyone know what happened to Jim Carrey? Coming to movies and videogames, with this device they can seem real to us just like reality.
Beautiful experiences can be lived, but can you realize what this could mean? With a wonderful and adventurous world like that of virtual reality, why would we want to live in this one? Also, how could we be sure that the world we see is actually the real one? Simulation theory is already a hypothesis now, with today’s world, think what it will be like when Neuralink reaches that level of technology.
The problems of dissociation from reality would emerge on a large scale. How to understand if what you see is real if everything seems completely real? One would have the feeling of constantly living in a construct. Could someone with access to your device alter your reality and make you believe what they want? The problems are many and mostly seem to belong to science fiction, because the device brings with it such great advantages that we have not yet had the opportunity to try.
But science is going in that direction. Think of how incredible this world could be to someone who lived in the 1800s. I am of the opinion that progress cannot be stopped and that in one way or another we will get there. It’s up to us taking the right steps and making sure that everything goes the right way, by regulating and creating the basis for a safety net for the whole society. Because once you start to modify the body, especially the brain, you can’t go back, you enter a too personal sphere and there are very delicate aspects to deal with.
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