Brain hack devices must be scrutinised, say top scientists
Devices that merge machines with the human brain need to be investigated, a study has said. In future, "people could become telepathic to some degree" and being able to read someone else's thoughts raises ethical issues, experts said.

This could become especially worrying if those thoughts were shared with corporations. Commercial products should not come from "a handful of companies", they added

In the study - iHuman: Blurring Lines between Mind and Machine - leading scientists at the UK's Royal Society lay out the opportunities and risks of brain-to-computer devices.

Such interfaces refer to gadgets, either implanted in the body or worn externally, that stimulate activity in either the brain or nervous system.

It looked at some of the future possibilities of neural technology, such as:

The ability to beam a "neural postcard" to someone so they could see what you see even if they are not there

People being able to converse without speaking through access to each other's thoughts

People being able to simply download new skills

As part of the report, scientists asked the public what they thought of such interfaces and found strong support for their use in allowing patients to recover from injury or a medical condition.

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