Captain Cyborg

Dec 4, 2020Philosophy/Ethics, Tech0 comments

Even if we cannot upload our consciousness to the cloud, what if we could send our own sensations and memories to another person? Can we really transfer information brain-to-brain over the internet? Do we need to worry that this could turn us into remotely controlled puppets? Never fear! Captain Cyborg is here to test invasive technologies so you don’t have to!

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/acs.854

In this post the dialogue is realised by an interaction of virtual characters, for more information please check the page “Virtual characters

Manuel

The brain-extraction-injection thing really was really … 🤢 🤮 eww! Please tell me you’re not building a Frankenmouse …

Today 11:32  

Cho

Ethical and research standards have changed a lot since then you know …   😀😀                                                                           

Today 11:34   

Manuel

Good! I wanted to ask you some questions about “Captain Cyborg”, Kevin Warwick

Today 11:34   

Manuel

He implanted a “BrainGate” neural interface to control a prosthetic over the net, and with sensory feedback

Today 11:35  

Manuel

But then he also linked it to another human, his wife …
Today 11:35   

Cho

… and then of course he claimed this would also enable some kind of transfer of memories, right?            

Today 11:36   

Manuel

Right. So how about that? Wouldn’t that work if both have a full implant?

Today 11:36  

Cho

Probably not, there is a significant difference between a sensation and a memory of a sensation  🤨

Today 11:37

Cho

remembering the taste of something isn’t the same as actually tasting it, or we’d never spend another penny on chocolate

Today 11:37

Manuel

Ok, yeah, I get that  🤯🤯🤯

Today 11:38   

Cho

Stimulateing someone’s nervous system over the internet using someone else’s sensation as input is not the same as storing and accessing memories or giving them a new memory

Today 11:40  

Cho

aaand you’re going to bring up mind control again now …  😆😆    

Today 11:41   

Manuel

Well, yes, kinda. You told me it was not possible, but Warwick’s article suggested it was

Today 11:43   

Cho

OK then. Have you heard about remotely controlled cockroaches?

Today 11:44   

Manuel

WHAT  😲😲😲😲

Today 11:44   

Cho

It’s true: there’s even kits to build your own!                                       

Today 11:44

Manuel

…………. 😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱

Today 21:44   

Cho

Substituting an artificial stimulus for a natural one is, yes, in a sense a very limited form of “mind control”, but!

Today 11:45   

Cho

but even with cockroaches, the best we can do is make them go left or right for a few minutes 😅

Today 11:45   

Manuel

You mean it is still all too primitive?

Today 11:46   

Cho

That’s also exactly what Warwick concluded: extremely primitive. The “telepathy” etc. he suggests is still pure science-fiction
Today 11:46   

Manuel

OK, many thanks! This has been both horrifying and instructive, what with the rats and the roaches

Today 11:47

Cho

Glad I could be of help!  😊😊😊😊                                                   

Today 11:48   

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