What if you could have a chip installed in your brain that would increase your intelligence? Would you be interested?
While this kind of brain-computer interface technology might sound like something out of a dystopian science fiction novel, scientists are working hard to develop it, and it will likely be available in the near future.
This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “smart person.”
Scientists are currently developing smart chips for the human brain.
“In as little as five years, super smart people could be walking down the street; men and women who’ve paid to increase their intelligence,” the report states.
Dr. Cerf, who said he is “collaborating with Silicon Valley big wigs he’d rather not name,” explained that the smart chip would “Make it so that it has an internet connection and goes to Wikipedia, and when I think this particular thought, it gives me the answer.”
“Everyone is spending a lot of time right now trying to find ways to get things into the brain without drilling a hole in your skull,” Cerf said. “Can you eat something that will actually get to your brain? Can you eat things in parts that will assemble inside your head?” (source)
I don’t know about you, but I find the idea this bit of information troubling: “Everyone is spending a lot of time trying to find new ways to get things into the brain.”
Who is “everyone” and what is their agenda? What kind of “things” do they want to get into our brains, exactly?
What are the ethical consequences of super-intelligent humans?
Super-intelligent humans are undoubtedly coming, but serious questions about the consequences are being raised.
Despite working on the project himself, Cerf acknowledges there are significant ethical concerns associated with this kind of technology:
Cerf worries about creating intelligence gaps in society;