Application of new
technologies that directly affect thought functions are
currently limited to devices that enhance or assist sensory perception (as
with Cochlear implants, visual cortex aids, prosthetic limbs).
However, research ambitions in neuroscience and bio and/or nano technology
will soon lead to more sophisticated means of computer-assisted
cognition. As brain-to-computer interfaces move beyond initial
“thought” experiments (moving a digital cursor via electrical brain
impulse) to more expansive applications of interactive implants, or
nanotech, that have
the potential to augment, or influence thought, the question of how these
brain technologies relate to cognitive liberty will be of utmost
Will such devices
be available to individuals interested in alternative, enhanced cognition?
Will they be regulated or controlled by corporations and governments? Now
is the time to think about protecting the right to access technologies of
the mind, as well as the right to avoid their compelled use.
Brain implants 'read' monkey minds
July 8, 2004,
NewScientist.com news service
"Brain implants have been used to "read the minds" of monkeys to predict
what they are about to do and even how enthusiastic they are about doing it.
It is the first time such high level cognitive brain signals have been
decoded and could ultimately lead to more natural thought-activated
prosthetic devices for people with paralysis...."
Chip That Mimics Neurons, Firing Up the Memory
New York Times June 20, 2002
Probes Give Rats Their Marching Orders
Implants can direct behavior. "Implications are scary," an
Transmitting wireless signals directly into the brain, a group of
scientists has produced the ultimate lab rat--an animal that can be guided
by remote control over fences, up trees, through pipes and across rubble
at distances up to a third of a mile.
Study Brain Implants to Control PCs, Artificial Limbs
interface: Instant neural control of a movement signal
Enables Thought to Control Computer Cursor
Mind Over Gray Matter
that reads minds gives disabled hope
Sunday Times, April 29 2001
Brain Interface Technology Turns Thoughts Into Actions on Screen
The Wall Street Journal, March 14, 2001
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MIT Encyclopedia of Cognitive Sciences
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