Results for - Do you think Neurotechnology can be an advantage to humanity?

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In the study - iHuman: Blurring Lines between Mind and Machine - leading scientists at the UK's Royal Society lay out the opportunities and risks of brain-to-computer devices. Devices that merge machines with the human brain need to be investigated, a study has said. In future, "people could become telepathic to some degree" and being able to read someone else's thoughts raises ethical issues, experts said. This could become especially worrying if those thoughts were shared with corporations. Commercial products should not come from "a handful of companies", they added. In the US it is estimated that 60,000 spinal-cord stimulators are implanted annually and around the world some 400,000 people have benefited from cochlear implants. Thousands of people with Parkinson's disease and similar conditions have been treated with deep brain stimulation, and artificial pancreases and wireless heart monitors are also common.

1. Do you think that your mental thoughts can be read and translated by a machine?

Yes
30%
910 votes
No
70%
2,090 votes

2. A Bluetooth is a wireless technology that can transmit data and information from one mobile phone to another. If scientists implant a Bluetooth in human brain, do you think that humans can become telepathic?

Yes
15%
462 votes
No
46%
1,366 votes
Undecided
39%
1,172 votes

3. Dr Tim Constandinou, director of the next generation neural Interfaces (NGNI) Lab, at Imperial College London and co-chair of the report, said: "By 2040 neural interfaces are likely to be an established option to enable people to walk after paralysis and tackle treatment-resistant depression, they may even have made treating Alzheimer's disease a reality. Do you think neural interfaces should only be used for treating disabled patients?

Use Neural Interfaces only for treating patients
59%
1,780 votes
Use Neural Interface for both, treating patients and helping healthy people increase their brain strength
41%
1,220 votes
09/12/2019 Technology 2887 37 By: Tellwut

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