Hacking your thoughts.
The World Economic Forum’s recent Davos event, like most years, was another massive task to completely digest.
Numerous hours-long presentations and panels discussing re-shaping the world we live in.
After finally getting through most of the important speeches, one in particular stood out to me more than most.
It was a presentation given by Duke University futurist, Nita Farahany.
If she wanted to bring non-stop doom and gloom during her “The Battle for Your Brain” presentation, she achieved this.
But maybe she wanted to alarm us.
According to her, the technology to decode our brainwaves already exists.
And some companies are likely already testing the tech.
“You may be surprised to learn it is a future that has already arrived,” Farahany said in her talk, which you can watch below:
“Artificial intelligence has enabled advances in decoding brain activity in ways we never before thought possible. What you think, what you feel — it’s all just data — data that in large patterns can be decoded using artificial intelligence.”
This was perhaps one of the most ominous presentations I have seen in a while.
The normalisation, the casual nature.
She says that by using wearable devices — whether hats, headbands, tattoos placed behind the ear, or earbuds — sensors can pick up EEG signals and use AI-powered devices to decode everything from emotional states, concentration levels, simple shapes, and even your pre-conscious responses to numbers (an invitation to steal your bank card’s PIN).
Reading my mind with a tattoo behind the ear?
I had to take a pause and come back.
In one dystopian — but very real— scenario, an employer can use AI to monitor an employee, if they’re wearing the right device, and see if their mind is wandering or if they are focused on a primary or an unrelated activity.
“When you combine brainwave activity together with other forms of surveillance technology,” Farahany said, “the power becomes quite precise.”
By pairing these technologies together, said Farahany, ‘we’ will be able to ‘manage’ our personal technology with our thoughts.
“The coming future, and I mean near-term future, these devices become the common way to interact with all other devices It is an exciting and promising future, but also a scary future.
Surveillance of the human brain can be powerful, helpful, useful, transform the workplace, and make our lives better. It also has a dystopian possibility of being used to exploit and bring to the surface our most secret self.”
Here I sat at 1am on Saturday morning watching this presentation. Pondering the end of free thought in a literal sense.
What happens when our cognitive rights need to be protected?
Oh, that’s right, there aren’t any rights for brainwaves.
Some scholars have put forward pushes for new human rights intended to preserve the brain as the last refuge for human privacy.
But, as always, we are playing catch up to establish these rights in response to the technology.
Farahany, in her speech, also believes this technology has the power to do good when a person chooses to use it to better understand their own mental health or well-being. Brainwave activity could even ‘help signal future medical issues’.
And as more people ‘track their brainwaves’, the data sets get larger, enabling companies to glean more info from the same data.
“More and more of what is in the brain” she said, “will become transparent.”
Scientists have been hard at work over recent decades to crack the secrets of brain-computer combinations.
THE REAL THREAT
While the world is focused on Sam Smith’s Grammy performance or watching ‘died suddenly’ carnage, actual threats continue to advance behind the scenes for everyone. The two-and-a-half century transhumanist vision.
Corporations and governments have recently been making aggressive investments in technology explicitly created to allow your mind to control and interact with connected devices.
There is a lot is going on in the rapidly emerging field of brain-computer interface (BCI) design, including a recent discovery of “biofeedback” that can be picked up by machines.
One study reads: “Neurofeedback is a kind of biofeedback, which teaches self-control of brain functions to subjects by measuring brain waves and providing a feedback signal. Neurofeedback usually provides the audio and or video feedback. Positive or negative feedback is produced for desirable or undesirable brain activities, respectively.”
It sounds like something from a science fiction movie: A computer controlling your brain to produce “desirable” behaviours.
But it is not science fiction anymore.
Bioethicists are asking: Can, and should, biomedical interventions be used to make people ‘morally better’?
And this type of dystopic push is happening right here at home.
Queensland researchers have published a new study that highlights the need to ‘map the brains of children’ as a way to identify and intervene early in mental health problems:
Another collaborative project, involving researchers at the University of Queensland (UQ), have created the world’s first integrated and completely wireless remote care platform”
This digital platform allows clinicians to monitor patients remotely, as well as adjust the device to treat and alleviate.
The digital health platform for remote neuromodulation systems has regulatory approval and was launched in Australia in October 2021, making our country a world leader in deep brain stimulation.
And now, this WEF forum presenter reveals that this type of technology is entirely possible, and even here right now.
But is it all ‘sunshine and rainbows’? Are we just paranoid ‘conspiracy theorists’ for having a problem with this?
One thing I will leave you with: In one BCI-patient examination, published in Nature and conducted by researchers at the University of Tasmania, ‘Patient 6’ — who had been given a BCI for epilepsy — came to feel such a “radical symbiosis” with the device implanted in her that, she said, “it became me.”
We predicted at the time this could potentially lead to future scenarios where companies can essentially own your ‘sense of self’.
What are the odds that this is revealed to be true at Davos 2022?
Everyone should be protesting these universities and the mad scientists allowed to steer humanity like this.
Resist the transhumanist agenda at all costs.
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