Support the IEET




The IEET is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization registered in the State of Connecticut in the United States. Please give as you are able, and help support our work for a brighter future.



Search the IEET
Subscribe and Contribute to:


Technoprogressive? BioConservative? Huh?
Quick overview of biopolitical points of view




whats new at ieet

Time to Start Looking At ‘Cyborg’ As a Gender Identity

Substrate Autonomous, Networked Avatar Bodies by Design

The Continuum Hypothesis and the search for Mathematical Infinity (1hr)

What are the limits of mathematical explanation? (25min)

Device Modeling from Atomistic First Principles in Nanotechnology (1hr)

Psychedelic Spirituality


ieet books

How “God” Works: A Logical Inquiry on Faith
Author
Marshall Brain


comments

instamatic on 'If There Are Gods, They Are Evil' (Jan 28, 2015)

CygnusX1 on 'If There Are Gods, They Are Evil' (Jan 28, 2015)

Pastor_Alex on 'The End of Religion Misrecognized' (Jan 28, 2015)

Pastor_Alex on 'If There Are Gods, They Are Evil' (Jan 28, 2015)

Vigrith on 'Blockchain Consensus Models Increase the Information Resolution of the Universe' (Jan 28, 2015)

HowardBrazee on 'Yes, Obama “Won Twice” – as a Progressive. Deal With It, Everybody.' (Jan 26, 2015)

Zzxz on 'The End of Religion: Technology and the Future' (Jan 26, 2015)







Subscribe to IEET News Lists

Daily News Feed

Longevity Dividend List

Catastrophic Risks List

Biopolitics of Popular Culture List

Technoprogressive List

Trans-Spirit List



JET

Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life

Hottest Articles of the Last Month


Bad luck and cancer – did the media get it wrong?
Jan 3, 2015
(18324) Hits
(5) Comments

The End of Religion: Technology and the Future
Jan 24, 2015
(14365) Hits
(5) Comments

#6: Living for 1,000 years: an ‘out of this world’ future awaits us
Dec 30, 2014
(8622) Hits
(1) Comments

Religion’s Smart-People Problem
Jan 1, 2015
(7261) Hits
(3) Comments



Comment on this entry

Thought talking promises to one day revolutionize our lives


Dick Pelletier


Ethical Technology

December 04, 2012

Touch screens, voice recognition, and systems that track eye and muscle movements all offer efficient ways of communicating, but transmitting thoughts directly to machines, without any implant in the brain could affect our lives more than any other technology under development today.


...

Complete entry


COMMENTS



Posted by kernfel  on  12/04  at  04:53 PM

I think it’s a good thing that, while I have chosen to pursue a career in cognitive science with precisely these applications in mind, I find the prospect of immediate brain interfacing not just extremely enticing, but also quite scary. This technology - if at all feasible - has a tremendous potential for misuse. Today, we’re fighting for the freedom of the internet and the security and privacy of our data and devices. In two or three decades, we may have to fight for the freedom of our very thoughts, for the security and privacy of our minds.
Notably, as the opportunities will likely be mind-bendingly great, the technology will likely be adopted regardless of the risks. The more important, then, to identify these risks ahead of time and deal with them as early as possible!





Posted by Dick Pelletier  on  12/04  at  05:09 PM

Kernfel, you are absolutely correct. As with all NBIC technologies, breakthroughs will come with risks. It behooves us to provide built-in protections as these forward technologies advance.

Can humanity manage this new science as it unfolds? Time will tell.





Posted by Greg W  on  12/05  at  12:00 AM

This technology is quite interesting. It seems like this would be a technology that would get people on board with transhumanism, unlike the things like changing the material of your body or giving yourself robotic blood cells.

I don’t find it likely that this will be used to drive wheelchairs or anything like that though, because there’s too many distracting thoughts.

My position on transhumanism is basically one of bodily bioconservativism, keeping parts in the human body natural except where there’s no other option and taking advantage of anti-aging possibilities. I recognize that anti-aging technology would be largely invasive but I think that aging is worse.

This technology alarms me in its potential to reveal every secret in a person’s mind and another thing I don’t like is the potential to communicate directly through thought. It’s the last place of a person’s privacy. But regardless of the technology, I’m worried that people are unable to are too busy to fight for their privacy rights today. And I don’t like David Brin’s idea of a post privacy world, because for some people, me included, just can’t handle the complete and utter lack of privacy regardless of who can snoop on whom.





Posted by Dick Pelletier  on  12/05  at  07:14 AM

I do not see the privacy issue impeding this technology.

With the possibility of neuron enhancement arriving in the 2030s and 2040s and a maturing quantum computer industry that promises unbreakable security systems, thought talking could one day become the world’s most popular secure and trusted human communication method.

We may see a minor glitch in people adapting to this method of communicating; one has to admit this is a strange way to talk, but again; with neuron enhancements, this should not be a major problem.

I believe that by century’s end, today’s verbal talking will be considered inefficient and crude; and will disappear from the human scene.





Posted by SHaGGGz  on  12/08  at  06:31 AM

@Dick: How settled a matter of currently-understood physics is the prospect of unbreakable security systems?





Posted by Dick Pelletier  on  12/08  at  09:07 AM

This recent Phys Org article explains how tomorrow’s quantum mechanics enables perfectly secure cloud computing: http://phys.org/news/2012-01-quantum-mechanics-enables-perfectly-cloud.html






Add your comment here:


Name:

Email:

Location:

Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

HOME | ABOUT | FELLOWS | STAFF | EVENTS | SUPPORT  | CONTACT US
SECURING THE FUTURE | LONGER HEALTHIER LIFE | RIGHTS OF THE PERSON | ENVISIONING THE FUTURE
CYBORG BUDDHA PROJECT | AFRICAN FUTURES PROJECT | JOURNAL OF EVOLUTION AND TECHNOLOGY

RSSIEET Blog | email list | newsletter |
The IEET is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization registered in the State of Connecticut in the United States.

Contact: Executive Director, Dr. James J. Hughes,
56 Daleville School Rd., Willington CT 06279 USA 
Email: director @ ieet.org     phone: 860-297-2376