Technology will make us telepathic in 20 years
Written by Royal Society of Londres
The neural interfaces that link human brains to computers equipped with artificial intelligence will allow people to read other people’s thoughts, according to a report by the Royal Society.
The Royal Society of London for the Advancement of Natural Science is the oldest scientific society in the United Kingdom and one of the oldest in Europe.
In its new report, the Royal Society summarizes the benefits of this technology, but also warns of the risks it poses to people’s privacy.
The report believes that this technology will be established in society in twenty years to treat diseases such as Alzheimer’s, increase people’s memory, improve their vision and even allow their thoughts and feelings to be transmitted to another person.
“People could become telepathic to some extent, able to talk not only without speaking, but without words, through access to the thoughts of others at a conceptual level. This could allow unprecedented collaboration with colleagues and deeper conversations with friends, ”the report highlights.
“Applications for neural interfaces are as unimaginable today as the smartphone was a few decades ago,” he said.The report’s co-chair, Christofer Toumazou, an engineering professor at Imperial College London, at The Independent.
The report also notes that neuronal and brain-computer interfaces can challenge the very essence of what it is to be human today.
“Not only thoughts, but sensory experiences, could communicate from brain to brain,” says the report. “Someone on vacation could send a neural postcard of what they are seeing, listening or savoring, to the mind of a friend who is at home.”
Neural interfaces are electronic devices that interact with the nervous system. They are placed outside or inside the brain or nervous system to record or stimulate activity, or both.
Interfaces placed inside the brain or body are known as internal, invasive or implanted technologies, unlike external, non-invasive or portable devices, often called brain-computer interfaces.
These interfaces are currently used, according to the report, to treat Parkinson’s disease; as electrical stimulators to help recover from a stroke; as cochlear implants to transmit sounds to people with hearing loss; as EEG headphones (electroencephalography) used by players to control digital objects; and as transcranial stimulation used to increase memory or concentration.