Thanks to AI and the Internet of Bodies (IoB) ecosystem, decoding the human brain is already well underway, according to a World Economic Forum (WEF) presentation.
Five years after historian Yuval Noah Harari told the WEF that humans were hackable and that organisms were algorithms, Harari’s insights have been fully realized.
Thursday’s WEF Annual Meeting 2023 session on “Ready for Brain Transparency?” opened with a short video showing a dystopian scenario where employees’ brainwaves were not only decoded to determine their performance in the workplace, but also to determine whether they participated in illegal activity.
While the scenario in the video below is fictional, the technological framework is already in place.
“We can pick up and decode faces that you’re seeing in your mind — simple shapes, numbers, your PIN number to your bank account” — Nita Farahany, World Economic Forum, 2023
A dystopian glimpse at the potential future of Hackable Humans: “The government has subpoenaed employee brainwave data from the past year […] They are looking for co-conspirators through synchronized brain activity”: #wef23 ‘Ready for Brain Transparency?’ session pic.twitter.com/EtIwjzk4b2
— Tim Hinchliffe (@TimHinchliffe) January 19, 2023
“Artificial intelligence has enabled advances in decoding brain activity in ways we never before thought possible” — Nita Farahany, World Economic Forum, 2023
The above video illustrates just one of the many dystopian scenarios that can occur when the human brain is no longer autonomous.