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Experts Believe Future Criminals Could Be Brain Chipped


This is an invasion of privacy on the level.

Neurotechnology law experts believe that criminals in the future will be tracked and controlled by brain chips.

Dr. Allan McCay was quoted saying “The political conditions might emerge for seeing neurotechnology as a broader solution to crime might come into place,”.

McCay also stated some criminals might even opt to get brain chipped instead of receiving a jail sentence.

The Sun has more details on the eerie story:

Criminals could be tracked and controlled via brain chip monitoring in the future, according to neurotechnology law experts.

Legal theorists are preparing for a future with widespread use of brain chips and augmented humans.

While war-gaming the possibilities of neurotechnology impacting the law, Dr Allan McCay theorized that the courts could force criminals to adopt microchips for monitoring or controlling behavior in a report for The Law Society.

“The political conditions might emerge for seeing neurotechnology as a broader solution to crime might come into place,” McCay wrote.

On the contrary, a criminal could use brain-chip implantation as a means of avoiding sentencing.

“An offender, with expert witness support, might argue in their plea in mitigation that they have satisfactorily dealt with a mental condition that had a role in their offending by way of neurotechnological intervention,” Dr McCay wrote.

Dr McCay also speculates on the risk of neurotechnology hacking by threat actors and claims of hacking by defendants.

“In that eventuality the law would have to consider how this form of hacking did or did not fit into the scope of defences,” Dr McCay wrote.

The news comes just days after Elon Musk’s Neuralink decided to hold a show and tell on Halloween.

Engadget had more details to add:

Neuralink is finally ready to share more about its work on brain implants. Elon Musk has revealed that Neuralink will hold a “show & tell” progress event on October 31st. He didn’t provide any clues as to what to expect, but the last big demo involved a monkey playing Pong. It wouldn’t be surprising to see a similar example.

A lot may be riding on this showcase. Neuralink still hasn’t begun human trials, and the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t said how close the company might be to receiving approval. Most of the co-founders have left the company since it was founded six years ago, for that matter. Throw in Fortune’s unofficial reports of a flawed workplace culture and the event could reflect Neuralink’s overall health.

The timing is apt, at least. The presentation comes just as rumors have swirled that Neuralink has offered to invest in its rival Synchron, which recently completed what appears to be the first endovascular installation of a brain-computer interface in the US.

Musk wants to use Neuralink to help people debilitated with diseases to have normal lives again and has never stated he wants to put the chips into criminals.

But once you create technology there’s no going back and when should we trust a billionaire anyway?


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