Cabi­net gives nod to pri­vate man­age­ment of six more air­ports

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ize the model for bet­ter air con­nec­tiv­ity else­where in the coun­try, the govern­ment said. It hopes the move will bring more for­eign in­vest­ment into air­port in­fra­struc­ture. How­ever, it is not im­me­di­ately clear whether the pri­vate play­ers in the six air­ports that are to be jointly man­aged will get land parcels for real es­tate devel­op­ment be­yond avi­a­tion re­quire­ments. The govern­ment also set up an em­pow­ered com­mit­tee of sec­re­taries to over­see the process.

“Rop­ing in a pri­vate player for de­vel­op­ing air­port in­fra­struc­ture will cer­tainly bring more ef­fi­ciency in man­ag­ing the needs of a fast ex­pand­ing avi­a­tion mar­ket,” said Kin­jal Shah, vice pres­i­dent, cor­po­rate rat­ings, at rat­ing agency

If you have watched Jim Car­rey and Kate Winslet get their mem­o­ries of each other erased in the 2004 sci-fi movie Eternal Sun­shine of the Spot­less Mind, only to iron­i­cally fall in love with each other again, or the Net­flix an­thol­ogy se­ries Black Mir­ror, you may have asked your­self whether to­day’s tech­nol­ogy is ad­vanced enough to ma­nip­u­late the hu­man brain and even al­ter mem­o­ries.

The an­swer is yes. More than five years back, neu­ro­sci­en­tists at the Riken-mit Cen­ter for Neu­ral Cir­cuit Ge­net­ics at the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute The es­ti­mated num­ber of neu­rons in the brain. Synapses per­mit neu­rons to ex­change elec­tri­cal and chem­i­cal sig­nals The es­ti­mated me­mory ca­pac­ity of the brain

Re­searchers at Bing­ham­ton Univer­sity are work­ing on a project that will probe se­cu­rity vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties of brain­print (analysing read­ings of how the brain re­acts to cer­tain words or

tasks) bio­met­rics

of Tech­nol­ogy (MIT) demon­strated that they could plant false mem­o­ries in the brains of mice. While painful mem­o­ries could be erased with this tech­nol­ogy, un­scrupu­lous peo­ple

Us-based De­fense Ad­vanced Re­search Projects Agency aims to de­velop an im­plantable neu­ral in­ter­face able to pro­vide un­prece­dented sig­nal res­o­lu­tion and data-trans­fer band­width be­tween the brain and the dig­i­tal world

could use it to im­plant false mem­o­ries and brain­wash a whole pop­u­la­tion.

Even as ad­vance­ments in tech­nol­ogy such as brain­com­puter in­ter­faces and sen-

sor-lined caps with neu­ral in­ter­face soft­ware could soon be used by brain re­searchers to con­trol com­put­ers, ro­botic pros­thetic limbs, mo­tor­ized wheel­chairs and even dig­i­tal avatars, cy­ber­at­tack­ers may be able to ex­ploit me­mory im­plants to steal, spy on, al­ter or con­trol hu­man mem­o­ries. And while the most rad­i­cal threats are sev­eral decades away, the es­sen­tial tech­nol­ogy al­ready ex­ists in the form of im­plantable deep brain stim­u­la­tion de­vices, ac­cord­ing to a 1 Novem­ber re­port by re­searchers from Kasper­sky Lab and the Univer­sity of Ox­ford Func­tional Neu­ro­surgery Group.

As sci­en­tists learn how mem­o­ries are cre­ated in the brain and can be tar­geted, re­stored and en­hanced us­ing such im­plantable de­vices, they si­mul­ta­ne­ously cau­tion that vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties ex­ist in the con­nected soft­ware and hard­ware and “these need to be ad­dressed if we are to be ready for the threats that lie ahead”.

Known as im­plantable pulse gen­er­a­tors or neu­rostim­u­la­tors, these con­trap­tions send elec­tri­cal im­pulses to spe­cific tar­gets in the brain to treat dis­or­ders such as Parkinson’s dis­ease, es­sen­tial tremor, ma­jor

Law min­is­ter Ravi Shankar Prasad.

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