In this week’s spotlight I want to draw your attention to the growing interest in thought-controlled robots. Indeed, it’s not just thought-controlled robots but thought-controlled everything. This is a rapidly expanding field. There are already thought-controlled prosthetic limbs, wheel chairs, computers, helicopters, and even genes. Indeed, Scientific American Mind, Volume 26, Issue 2, reported on work already completed in this area. Quoting from the article, “ A team of bioengineers in Switzerland has taken the first step toward this cyborglike setup by combining a brain-computer interface with a synthetic biological implant, allowing a genetic switch to be operated by brain activity. It is the world’s first brain-gene interface.” 1
Synthetic Mind Control
Work in 2014 led to the announcement of new synthetic mind-controlled gene switches that, via remote control, might be used in gene and cell therapies in the.2 Imagine switching on and off gene expression and this is not science fiction!
There is something that all of these new technologies share in common, and that’s the real thrust of today’s spotlight. Many years ago I was introduced to biofeedback. It was new and novel and when demonstrated it always seemed to be from the entertainment perspective. That is, a skilled person might use their mind to operate an electric train, starting and stopping it only with their thoughts. Or, they might fly a small helicopter around the room, again instructing it only with the power of their mind. All of this seems interesting but held little public demand except in circumstances where biofeedback was the last resort for pain control or stress management. That’s all about to change!
At the pace this technology is moving, it will not be long before we have thought operated home security systems, computer programs that write your to-do or grocery list and so forth, television programming that interacts with your thoughts, and about anything and everything you can imagine that brings about convenience. Thought based technology has arrived!
Thought Based Feedback
It seems it would behoove all of us to begin to work with technologies that provide thought-based feedback. I have used several and there are some truly good ones available. It would also seem that before too long we may find ourselves imprinting our thought activity on devices designed to make all of this easier for everyone—devices that read our minds, so to speak. Scientists have already developed a brain-decoder that can hear your inner thoughts. Quoting the report published in Digital Trends, “Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have invented a brain decoder device that’s able to work out what you’re thinking based on neuron activity inside the brain — essentially, the experimental system means your private inner thoughts are no longer so private.” 3
Governments around the world are very interested in this sort of technology. For example, there is something known as Remote Neural Monitoring (RNM) and it potentially may overhaul our entire criminal investigation system. This technology works well with a microchip implant, something most believe they would never consider, but then like health-care microchips, perhaps there will be some persuasive argument for requiring them. With a microchip present, the RNM could literally control emotion and dream content.4
Remote Neural Monitoring
Don’t get too comfortable though thinking that you would never allow someone to implant a microchip in your brain, for this same Remote Neural Monitoring technology arguably could be used with ELF (Extra Low Frequencies) transmitted via satellite, cell phone tower and more.5
Bottom line, we may well need to learn the need for biofeedback control as a defense strategy against an onslaught of neural input designed to puppet us.
Thanks for the read,
NY Time Bestselling Author of Choices and Illusions
1 Thought-Controlled Genes Could Someday Help Us Heal
2 Mind-controlled transgene expression by a wireless-powered optogenetic designer cell implant
3 Scientists develop a brain decoder that can hear your inner thoughts
4 Government Technology to Read Your Thoughts and Implant New Ones
5 REMOTE NEURAL MONITORING