The aberrant pursuit to control our brain
(IMAGE: Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann)
Often times, newspaper writers disavow fears of microchips being, voluntarily or not, implanted in people’s brains with the sole intent to control us. They call this kind of concerns ‘conspiracy theories’ as they discount them for their ‘impossibility’ to become true and the lack of necessity there is to have these technology implemented.
Those same writers say that any achievements related to implanting chips in a human’s brain, as it is currently being done by Elon Musk, is far from being a reality, even though, experiments have already been conducted in animals.
Chips were inserted in pigs to monitor brain activity and to manipulate conduct via Bluetooth connections. Computers are used to command the pig to do certain things based on the desires of so-called researchers, who say the sole purpose of implanting chips in someone’s brain is to improve their lives.
While so-called scientists justify this aberrant practice in terms of improving mental health, ignorant newspaper writers say that there is no need for chips, because, to a great degree, people are already being controlled by their phones and other devices.
The comparison is, of course, laughable. There is no way to compare addiction to using a mobile device to having a chip implanted in your brain that can be used to control your free will.
The difference is clear. On one side, despite any possible addiction to mobile device use, a user still has the ability to opt-out of using it. But when it comes to chips, once it is placed inside your brain, the patient is at the mercy of whoever controls it from their lab computers.
The natural question to ask is, well, if cellphones are just fine to control us, why are tech companies like Neuralink investing so heavily in creating those chips and testing them on animals to eventually use them in humans?
Although cynicism is evident in the minds of newspaper writers -who seem to already be in some kind of mind control state, given their inability to think divergently- those of us who can think independently can remember that 10 or 20 years ago, no one even thought about implanting a chip into someone’s brain for the purposes of control; yet, today, that idea is being discussed openly.
The fact that Elon Musk is not there yet, doesn’t mean he won’t get there in the near future, as he has successfully done with his large network of 5G satellites that already float over us all.
Neuralink’s work consists of developing brain-computer interfaces, implanting a microchip in the brain. That chip contains 1024 tiny electrodes capable of recording the electrical activity of as many neurons.
The responses are sent to the brain wirelessly, via bluetooth, to a computer that analyzes them to deduce their meaning, such as the imminent behavior of the animal.
The computer, in turn, using the same device, can send signals to the brain to influence behavior. Exaggeratedly and without proof to justify it, the promoters of this invention even speak of using it in the future to ‘cure’ neurological diseases.
The experts who have analyzed this device agree that the novelty it presents is more quantitative and of technical improvement than qualitative, since this type of records and the possibility of taking them to a computer or directly stimulating neurons to produce certain behaviors are already practiced in many neuroscience laboratories in different countries.
Who wants to control us and for what reason? What mysterious forces or people are behind that control? Those are very good questions, and the answer to all of them is the same: the same people who sell us cell phones, 5G connections and the Internet of Things, are the ones who want to implant a chip in our brain to obtain what has not been achieved so far with their technologies: complete control of our free will.
As I have said before, the fact that they have not managed to purify the technology necessary to achieve that control does not mean that they will not achieve it in the future. In fact, that’s what they’re working for.
The brain is a functional system and that means that even the simplest thoughts, memories, desires or behaviors can be determined by complex activities that involve thousands or millions of neurons distributed over large areas of the brain.
That is why to date only the activity patterns of very simple behaviors, such as waving a hand, or sniffing, in the case of pigs, have been recorded and presented by Neuralink. But hey, Rome was not built in a day, right?
Are we still far from getting accurate records of more complex mental activities, such as those involved in making decisions or falling in love with people? Possibly. So-called scientists are now trying to understand how neurons create imagination, subjectivity, consciousness.
But mind control does not only go through the implantation of a chip. For example, optogenetics, which combines findings from optical physics and genetic engineering to detect and control neurons involved in a mental or behavioral process, has already more than demonstrated its ability to do so in rodents.
This type of control that requires surgical interventions and other invasive procedures should be discarded at once since the goal is not to cure all of our mental ailments but to take away the ability to think critically and in a divergent way.
There are no ethical or legal limits that the creators of these technologies are going to follow when manipulating our brains. They have never done it and they will not begin to do it now.