Researchers fear hackers could soon control mindsSubmitted by sharpsteve on Wed, 05/01/2013 - 18:21
"Hackers" are the threat according to this article but I ask who are the "Hackers" and how much is already happening?
As brainwave sensors for games and implantable neural devices for diseases become more common and sophisticated, a host of troubling possibilities has arisen.
Early research suggests that hackers might be able to use these tools to extract sensitive information from our brains, like ATM passcodes. And it's not too far a leap to triggering physical movements or perhaps even inserting ideas.
"You could use these to directly interact with the brain," said Ryan Calo, assistant law professor at the University of Washington focused on privacy and robotics, in a recent presentation at Stanford. "You could get up to all sorts of mischief."