Tech that aims to read your mind and analyze your memories is here
In recent years, we have seen neurotechnologies move from research laboratories to real-world use. Schools have used several devices to monitor children’s brain activity to see if they are paying attention. Police use others to determine whether someone is guilty of a crime. And employers use it to keep workers awake and productive.
These technologies hold the amazing promise of giving us all-new insights into our own minds. But our brain data is valuable, and letting it fall into the wrong hands can be dangerous. Jessica Hamzelou, our senior biotech reporter, had a fascinating call with Nita Farahany, a futurist and legal ethicist at Duke University, who wrote a book arguing for new rules to protect our freedom of thought. Read the full story.
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I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s funniest/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.
1 Baidu’s Ernie chatbot isn’t very impressive
China’s heavy internet censorship may be part of the reason why. (NYT $)
+ The company’s shares fell after its lackluster unveiling. (The watchman)
+ Why large language models start to behave in strange, unpredictable ways. (Quanta)
+ The search battle powered by ChatGPT is bigger than Microsoft or Google. (MIT Technology Review)