UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has expressed concerns about the rapid advancement of Neuralink technology, fueled by artificial intelligence, and its potential risks to human rights and mental privacy
During an international conference held in Paris, UNESCO made an announcement stating its intention to develop an “ethical framework” that aims to tackle the human rights concerns associated with Neuralink technology.
Nothing Short Of A Nightmare
During the event, Gabriela Ramos, UNESCO’s assistant director-general for social and human sciences, stated that we are heading towards a future where algorithms will allow us to decode people’s mental processes and directly manipulate the brain mechanisms that control their intentions, emotions, and decisions.
“We are on a path to a world in which algorithms will enable us to decode people’s mental processes and directly manipulate the brain mechanisms underlying their intentions, emotions and decisions,” she said.
What this basically means is that by using BCIs or brain-computer interfaces, corporations, and possibly, even the government will not only know what and how you think, record your innermost thoughts, and possibly change the way you think, without you even realising it.
How do BCIs work?
Neurotechnology, which encompasses electronic devices like brain-computer interfaces and brain scanners that interface with the brain or nervous system, traditionally finds applications in the medical field.