DOWNLOADING AND REPAIRING BRAIN FUNCTIONDecember 30, 2011
Earlier this week I mentioned a DARPA project to create a vast cyber-warfare "matrix" capable of modelling human behavior, and I noted the participation of the famous Johns Hopkins University, well-known as a premier medical science institute of learning, in the project. Well, scientists are now a step closer to mapping brain functions and being able to actually repair neural functionality, and even to "download" this functionality, using an adaptation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging technology:
Like all technologies, this comes as a double-edged sword.
On the "dark side" of course it augurs the possibility that an individual's or even a target population's neural functions could be specifically targeted and modified or erased. One could, so to speak, envision a technologically-induced state of "stroke" or dementia, of either a temporary or permanent nature. Rest assured, if you and I can think of it, the proverbial "they" probably already have and have probably already been busily researching it. After all, recall from my post about the DARPA project earlier in the week that two aerospace companies known to be involved up to their stock dividends in black projects research, Lockheed-Martin and Northrup Grumman, were involved in the DARPA project. Similarly, one could imagine the theoretical possibility that technologies could be developed - and probably already are - that allow a primitive degree of mind-reading. And with that possibility comes the Minority Report idea of a department of "pre-crime," where one could be held criminally responsible for "bad thoughts," which would, of course, make us all criminals, since we all have them at one time or another in our lives.
On the "good side" of the idea however, comes the possibility of the technological repair of damaged neural functioning, and one can imagine the boon to sufferers of stroke, dementia, Alzheimers, or even in the rare case of survivors of brain aneurisms, a repair of lost brain functioning and even the recovery of "lost" memories.
Like it or not, we are entering the New Age; technologies and the sciences underpinning them are opening up possibilities for humanity for almost limitless good and boundless evil, and it is incumbent that these developments be known and debated freely by as many people as possible, for we can ill afford to have the same elites that have been responsible for the criminal looting and and plundering of the world to determine the outlines of this debate for us, for we already know to which of the two sides they are inclined.