Advances in biotech and brain-machine interface computing like Elon Musk’s Neurolink is working on may one day make it common for our brains to be melded to a computer. But how will we prevent an attacker from hacking this device to make us hurt others or ourselves?
Another question is responsibility. As scientists from the Geneva-based Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering puts it, “Who is responsible if a brain-controlled robot drops a baby?”
While brain-machine interface (BMI) computing is currently used to help people with paralysis communicate, the scientists are concerned about the day able-bodied people enhance themselves with BMI.
They have published a paper in the journal Science entitled “Help, hope, and hype: Ethical dimensions of neuroprosthetics”, which calls for new guidelines to ensure brain-machine interactions are safe.