We’ve been warning you for a while now that social media companies are growing more and more powerful by the day. They’re consuming large portions of our day and attention.
It’s getting Orwellian. And recently we saw China’s social score system come to light. It’s a system that prohibits people from getting loans, buying plane tickets, and getting on trains. Very creepy.
Well, it’s about to get even creepier.
Elon Musk, the world-famous, real-life version of Tony Stark, has another company that is devoted to connecting our brains with computers. It’s called Neuralink, and it’s as cyborg-ish as you’re probably imagining right now.
Basically, it’s the next step in security, convenience…and privacy-intrusion. The concept is simple: allow improving technology to read your brain waves and then interpret those waves as the things you want. If everything goes according to plan, you’ll be able to do more than just unlock your phone simply by thinking about it. The old-fashioned method of letting it read your facial profile will seem so ancient. You’ll write complete sentences with nothing more than your passing thoughts. The innermost recesses of your mind will be accessible by a chip.
Some say it’s inevitable and we should embrace the change. Merging with technology, we’re told, is the future, and if we don’t do it then we’ll be destroyed by the very AI we create. It’s becoming more and more accepted in culture that becoming our technology is the only way to ensure our survival.
If this chip-to-brain technology is fully developed, it’ll be the first of many merging, and we’ll most likely see it arriving in innocent places like grocery stores. You’ll purchase our milk with nothing but a thought, but can you imagine the misuse that could arise? Think about (pun completely intended) how authoritarian the airport could become in scenarios with this tech. If you think airport security is stressful now, with Todd waving his magic wand across your most sensitive areas, wait till he has the power to access your thoughts while forcing you into a brain scanner. Is that a stray thought about how you’d like to tell him off for his superiority complex? That seems like a threatening message, one that will land you in a backroom for questioning while your plane leaves without you.
Does this sound extreme to you? Well, facial recognition, street cameras, and social scores felt absurd only 10 years ago, but now we’ve accepted it as normal. Don’t think for a second that this kind of technology will make your life easier. It’ll only make your life more vulnerable to abuses of power.
If you think airport security is stressful now, with Todd waving his magic wand across your most sensitive areas, wait till he has the power to access your thoughts while forcing you into a brain scanner.
Technology, when placed within limits and subservient to individual liberty, is a wonderful thing. It can make life easier and more fun. It can simplify complex tasks. It can keep you on track and more productive.
But everything has a cost, and if you’re giving in to the tech giants right now, with their growing databases of your personal information, you’ll be selling your soul to get a brain implant.
When it comes to getting this intimate with our technology, we better think again.
Or in this case, not think at all.