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wolvesandwildernessThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. posted this thread...
Mar. 27 at 9:08 pm

Recently, Elon Musk (SpaceX, Tesla) has mentioned the start of a new project called Neuralink, which would allow your brain to connect to a computer. What's been discussed so far is the ability to upload and download thoughts, potentially curing epilepsy and depression, and expanding the human capability to process information. What do you think?

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ThrillQueen126This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 27 at 9:46 pm

Wow, I don't know how I feel about this. I was sort of hoping that we wouldn't get this far with technology--we don't even know how what we currently have will effect us, as we're the first generation that is experiencing it. So if cell phones computers, etc., turn out to cause cancer or something else equally horrible, we're definitely in trouble if we start connecting computers to our brains.
On the other hand, the ability to upload and download thoughts would be amazing, especially if it could cure epilepsy and depression, like you said, and possibly other disorders. I would be totally on board if it could cure my anxiety. 
So the idea sounds interesting, I just don't know if I like the idea of digitizing the whole world--especially our brains.

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Mar. 28 at 5:51 am

It would be great to help cure disorders, but being able to access your thoughts sounds like it's straight out of 1984. I can't imagine that this wouldn't be used by the government- if they decide to spy on you from your smart TV, then why not just get access to your thoughts? What would it mean for the people in Guantanamo Bay and black sites- could you upload their thoughts to find out their plans? How ethical is that? It just opens up so many doors- good and bad.

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ThrillQueen126This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 28 at 9:49 pm

Wow, for some reason I didn't think about that. That does seem  more than a little bit wrong--basically letting the government inside our heads. But also, thoughts are complicated. How would a computer interpret our thoughts, or even be able to distinguish one from the next?

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Mar. 28 at 10:00 pm

To be entirely honest, I don't know the science behind it. I've read several articles in which it's mentioned that this could be a thing in five years or less. That we have this technology- or will soon- doesn't surprise me. I can't post links, but looking up "Elon Musk Neuralink" should lead you to the same articles.

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