An introduction to neural interfaces

Neural interfaces, brain-computer interfaces and other devices that blur the lines between mind and machine have extraordinary potential.

These technologies could transform medicine and fundamentally change how we interact with technology and each other. At the same time, neural interfaces raise critical ethical concerns over issues such as privacy, autonomy, human rights and equality of access.

This Royal Society Perspective takes a future-facing look into possible applications of neural and brain-computer interfaces, exploring the potential benefits and risks of the technologies and setting out a course towards maximising the former and minimising the latter.

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  1. The South-African Priaash Ramadeen("The Awareness Company") could be developing a terrorist espionage and anti-personnel weapon within the South African Defence and Security cluster based on Brain Computer Interface scientific research and high powered new satellites.Very unethical,immoral and could be deemed a war crime if tested on civilians or unsuspecting law-abiding residents of South-Africa.It's noteworthy that South-Africa has just had a serious incident at the US Embassy that included incitement to violence e.g. "One American,One Bullet".

  2. I'm fascinated by how this will affect criminal law, as witnesses will become far more reliable, with judges and juries being able to experience exactly what they saw, heard and felt, not to mention being able to precisely know times and locations for any event. Even dead witnesses will have useful testimonies, if the information gathered from their neural interfaces survived them.

  3. Don't close 'this' account. Brian Fairclough didn't tell me what to type. You just want to pretend that the bosses who planned the death of me and abduction of my child didn't put Brian Fairclough on the hit list because of his brave attempt to save my child and I from his bosses and the pedophile ring run by the friends and family members of the bosses. and that his attempt to interfere to save our lives has not led to the placement of other people on the hit list, but I know so much about so many of you that you yourselves hide nothing but the truth and thus you are evil to me. I told the SCAI and the NCBI and WEst Point to stop their accounts about me and my child and I want Fort Meade to stop watching us, too. I need the stupid man who was saying that I am coached to yield his account for I hate being condescended to and am repulsed. I am aware that my child and I are visible to the World HEalth ORganization and personally asked BRett P. Giroir to turn off the nanotechnology. I tried to seduce Brian and he tried to save my child from child abductors in the work force and we will both die this way if you don't stop. I am 'not supposed to know' who is killing me so man after man becomes a victim to the nano himself as he is accused of informing me through the neural nano voice torture of what I am ''not supposed to know' and thus I cannot protect myself or my child from the government at all. I do not need to be used to allow the guilty member of the government to conceal crimes conducted by those who OBVIOUSLY have security clearances as they deny my true sanity, and that is what is happening. Please stop the framing and abuse of our bodies and brains… My child does not deserve to be studied by the government, and neither do the other children observed and studied deserve to be abused by the government… I am a mother being murdered by the government and it is not okay that I am tortured by people who kill people to conceal that I am abused and being murdered by men and women who wish to conceal my information as my own mind has become official contraband while my child is severely exploited and abused by the people in the government with the security clearances that allow them to do so… it is not okay that my child has ceome a human test subject according to article 46 just because I am her mom and people chose to abuse us for the government, and I myself wish for the UN to be disbanded and for the WHO to be disbanded, and the men I beg for help are killed because I want this as well… The bosses are trying to make Brian leave again, because they wish not to reveal how many people are under assault or that I could comprehend such events myself, and I find that disgusting.

  4. Privacy issues / AI threats aside – we will be able to handle these issues in time – give people a shot at life first – we will learn how to handle the unintended side effects people

  5. No No No…but what can we do?? Those who resist will not be able to work, travel, restictions on acess to health care and finaces. They are forcing this on us. I hate it, it is not human nature to live until 160…

    I hate this and just want to wake up from this crazy nightmare!!
    Boris your a dick! I hope your lids are getting the vaccine first then, since its so safe!
    So this is what Brexit was all about….I HATE YOU!!😡😤😡😤


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