According to Vox, Facebook and Elon Musk’s Neuralink have announced that they are developing brain reading technology. Facebook is funding research on brain-computer interfaces, which can read thoughts through translation of neurons into words, while Musk’s company is developing “threads” that are implanted in the brain, allowing users to control their gadgets with just their thoughts.
This is already beginning to change lives. A number of paralyzed patients have received brain implants, allowing them to make minor movements.
The potential misuse of this technology is raising concerns, as some neuroethicists argue that we need a new set of human rights laws to protect individuals’ thoughts. Several countries are already attempting to address this issue through recently introduced data protection and neurotechnology laws.
Among the greatest legal concerns are: the right to cognitive liberty, the right to mental privacy, the right to mental integrity, and the right to psychological continuity. The state must play an ever increasing role as this technology continues to develop.