Spooky World of Mind Control as Scientists Experiment with Monkey Brains, Record Memories, and Create “Remote” Mice
RECORDING memories, reading thoughts, and controlling what another person sees through brain implants can seem like something out of a frightening dystopia.
But activists warn it’s quickly becoming a reality thanks to a well-funded global arms race to develop mind-control and mind-bending technology through bizarre experiments on apes and other animals.
Top brain scientists fear bizarre Frankenstein-type experiments could open the door to the use of mind-influencing implants on humans.
Numerous tests are done to cure horrible brain diseases and conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and dementia.
But scientists fear tinkering with the mind is a slippery slope – and there could be a very real risk that these breakthroughs will be abused.
Mice, turtles and monkeys can already be controlled as “puppets” or “avatars”.
And there is concern that it will not be long before it can be done to humans, as our smartphones are expected to turn into brain implants.
We must regulate so as not to encroach on the basic core of our humanity
Scientists warn that if humanity does not act quickly, it will be too late to save our minds from the threat of cyber hackers or evil regimes.
The NeuroRights initiative, formed by Columbia University neuroscientist Professor Rafael Yuste, is leading the call for “neuro-rights”.
He advocates protecting the insides of our minds and setting ethical guidelines for this new frontier of science.
Professor Yuste told The Sun Online: “We are dealing with a global race, private and public, to develop these methods.
“We need to regulate so as not to encroach on the fundamental core of our humanity. “
Scientists around the world expect to be able to electronically record brain signals that build memories using electrical implants to help people with Parkinson’s disease and dementia.
By the end of this decade, that could pave the way for artificial enhancement or rewriting before being reintroduced into the brain.
But a report from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Labs and the University of Oxford’s Functional Neurosurgery Group claims that hackers could use wireless communication to potentially take control of the device itself.
The scientists’ study concluded: “The manipulation could lead to parameter changes causing pain, paralysis or the theft of private and confidential personal data.”
It is not only the theft of memories that poses a risk to humanity.
Recent experiments around the world have proven how close the world is to the age of being able to control humans from a distance.
Professor Yuste told The Sun Online: “The problem with neurotechnology and we know it with mice, if you directly activate these brain circuits, the mice interpret the information for themselves.
“In other words, if we put a visual hallucination or an image into the minds of mice, the mouse behaves exactly the same as if it was their own thought process.
“It’s no surprise, because consciousness is generated by the brain.”
He added: “It exacerbates the potential abuse of privacy and mental identity.”
Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology recently created cyborg mice that obeyed the orders of their human overlords.
They “hacked” into the brains of mice using a technique called optogenetics – a process in which fiber optic wires are inserted into the brain to manipulate it.
Meanwhile, this year, scientists at the University of Utah and Stanford in the United States for the first time led the decision-making of the apes.
The primates were made to look at targets by low-intensity ultrasonic waves that were directed at the region of the brain that controls their eye movements.
The researchers concluded: “There are … enticing opportunities to apply ultrasound neuromodulation to non-invasively modulate the behavior of choice in humans, with the first applications aimed at determining the set of circuits involved in a disorder. given in a given individual.
And in 2014, an experiment was conducted, scientists at Harvard Medical School saw one money controlling another by connecting one of their brains to the spine of another.
KU Leuven in Belgium, meanwhile, wired monkeys to try to find out how they can get them to grasp things.
He says he’s trying to find cures for crippling brain conditions like Parkinson’s disease.
Unsurprisingly, Big Tech has jumped on the bandwagon to launch its next generation of medically-driven brain hacking products, but also to stay ahead of the pack in new product development.
Elon Musk’s computer-brain interface company Neuralink released an experimentation video in May claiming it shows a monkey playing a Pong video game with its mind via an implanted device, brain signals were sent wireless.
The macaque monkey, named Pager, first learned to play the video game with a joystick, before then being connected to the brain implant which proceeded to read the monkey’s thoughts.
It’s part of Musk’s long-term ambition to usher in an era of “superhuman cognition” – and he hopes the Neuralink device will soon be ready for testing on humans.