A half century ago, Yale Professor of Physiology Jose Manuel Rodríguez Delgado Jr. published a composite of his groundbreaking research on neural-implant technology. Compiling roughly two decades of his laboratory experiments on human and animal subjects, Delgado's Physical Control of the Mind: Toward a Psychocivilized Society documented that
it is already possible [in 1969] to equip animals or human beings with minute instruments called 'stimoceivers' for radio transmission and reception of electrical messages to and from the brain in completely unrestrained subjects. Microminiaturization of the instrument's electronic components permits control of all parameters of excitation for radio stimulation of three different points within the brain and also telemetric recording of three channels of intracerebral electrical activity. . . .
It is reasonable to speculate that in the near future the stimoceiver may provide the essential link from man to computer to man, with a reciprocal feedback between neurons and instruments which represents a new orientation for the medical control of neurophysiological functions .
Now, fifty years later in 2019, Delgado's futurist speculations have become a reality as several Big Tech corporations, such as Elon Musk's Neuralink and Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook, are manufacturing and marketing the next generation of "stimoceivers," or "brain-computer interfaces," for commercial consumption.
The benefits of such "brain chips" range from medical devices that can treat neurological disorders , such as epilepsy and paralysis, to cognitive enhancements which can "upgrade" human brain power so that it can interface with the artificially intelligent supercomputers which will drive the global economy in the new age of digitally automated workforces. Nonetheless, underneath these utopian-futurist prospects, the current "free-trade" production of brain-machine interfaces is nothing less than the "free-market" proliferation of Jose' Delgado's eugenicist dream come true: a disturbing vision of a transhumanist evolution that neo-eugenically merges humans and computers into a new cyborg species.
Buyer beware: if you're thinking about "plugging in" to human-machine interfaces linked to the "internet of everything," you might change your mind after considering the techno-fascist history of eugenics and social engineering that has fueled the corporatist development of human-computer interfaces.
Facebook Mind-Reading Technologies:
Facebook's Building 8 research-and-development facility has been engineering brain-computer interfaces under the former Directorship of Regina Dugan, who previously worked for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) of the US military. On April 19, 2017, Dugan showcased a Facebook-patented brain-machine interface that enables the wearer to type on a computer screen just by thinking. Based on this thought-to-text biotechnology, the Facebook company aims to evolve this prototype so that it can enable "brain clicks " which control virtual-reality and augmented-reality technologies.
Dugan has promised that the Facebook corporation is "not talking about decoding your random thoughts. That might be more than any of us care to know." But such a promise is hard to believe given the fact that Facebook is a data-mining corporation that generates profits by siphoning and selling the personal data of everyone who uses the company's social-media platform. Indeed, Facebook's social-media network is even an active participant in the domestic surveillance operations of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). At the same time, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was called to testify before US Congress regarding his social-media company's complicity in the Cambridge Analytica election-tampering debacle.
Simply put, Facebook has a sordid reputation for circumventing the privacy expectations of its customers. As such, it is reasonable to suspect that Facebook's human-computer interfaces will track, record, and sell a person's cognitive-behavioral metadata embedded in the electrochemical algorithms of his or her neurobiological "speech" and "thought" transmissions (just like Facebook's social-media platform tracks, records, and sells a person's cognitive-behavioral metadata embedded in his or her psychological profile which is aggregated from his or her social-media posts).
Elon Musk's Neuro-Technocracy:
Elon Musk's Neuralink corporation recently gave a press release showcasing the first prototypes of the company's "brain chips," called "neural laces," which Musk says will link to an "app" that "basically Bluetooths to your phone."
Back in September 6, 2018, Musk appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast where he announced that his Neuralink corporation will be manufacturing microchips which will enable the human brain to interface with artificially intelligent supercomputers. According to Musk, neural-lace computer chips "can be implanted in the human brain, with the eventual purpose of helping human beings merge with software and keep pace with advancements in artificial intelligence. These enhancements could improve memory or allow for more direct interfacing with computing devices."
Musk further pontificated that "[s]ome high bandwidth interface to the brain will be something that helps achieve a symbiosis between human and machine intelligence and maybe solves the control problem and the usefulness problem." For Musk, "artificial general intelligence [AGI]," or sentient AI, will soon become "smarter than the smartest human on earth"; and human beings will become "useless" unless we neo-eugenically upgrade into transhuman-AI creatures. During the interview with Joe Rogan, Musk literally said, "if you can't beat it [AI], join it."
Musk, who is also the CEO of the Tesla electric car company, may champion his hi-tech neuro-brain implants as the evolutionary savior of humanity which will rescue the human species from being rendered obsolete by artificially intelligent machines. However, the ubiquitous merger of humankind with corporate machines bears a disconcerting resemblance to the fascistic plans of Musk's grandfather, Joshua Haldeman, who was the Research Director of Canada's Technocracy Inc.: a techno-fascistic non-governmental organization that was outlawed by the Canadian government in 1940 due to fears that The Technocrats were plotting to "overthrow the government and the constitution of this country [Canada] by force" . Musk's grandfather, Haldeman, was arrested as a result of his Technocracy membership, though he was later acquitted.
A Skull-and-Bones History of Transhumanist Neural Implants: