CNN: Your Behavior Will Be Controlled by a Brain ChipSmart phone will be implanted within 75 years
October 9, 2012
“Technology takes a huge leap in 75 years. Microchip can be installed directly in the user’s brain.
Apple, along with a handful of companies, makes these chips. Thoughts connect instantly when people dial to “call” each other. But there’s one downside:
“Advertisements” can occasionally control the user’s behavior because of an impossible-to-resolve glitch.
If a user encounters this glitch — a 1 in a billion probability — every piece of data that his brain delivers is uploaded to companies’ servers so that they may “serve customers better.”
The tone of the CNN piece is somewhat sophomoric, but the notion that humans will eventually merge with machines as the realization of the technological singularity arrives is one shared by virtually all top futurists.
Indeed, people like inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil don’t think we’ll have to wait 75 years to see smartphones implanted in the brain. He sees this coming to pass within just 20 years.
In his 1999 book The Age of Spiritual Machines, Kurzweil successfully predicted the arrival of the iPad, Kindle, iTunes, You Tube and on demand services like Netflix.
“Even among those human intelligences still using carbon-based neurons, there is ubiquitous use of neural implant technology, which provides enormous augmentation of human perceptual and cognitive abilities.
Humans who do not utilize such implants are unable to meaningfully participate in dialogues with those who do,” writes Kurzweil.