Hackers know how to steal memories
Dmitry Galov, junior security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, insists that “current vulnerabilities matter because the technology that exists today is the foundation for what will exist in the future”.
Laurie Pycroft, doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford Functional Neurosurgery Group, corroborates: “Memory prostheses are only a question of time. Collaborating to understand and address emerging risks and vulnerabilities, and doing so while this technology is still relatively new, will pay off in the future.”
Within five years, for instance, scientists expect to be able to electronically record the brain signals that build memories and then enhance or even rewrite them before putting them back into the brain.
A decade from now, the first commercial memory boosting implants could appear on the market and, within 20 years or so, the technology could be advanced enough to allow for extensive control over memories, according to the researchers.
Scientists such as Ken Hayworth, a cognitive neuroscientist and president of Brain Preservation Foundation
are not only trying to understand the brain but also preserve it for posterity and eventually upload a human mind into a machine if a human being so desires.
However, if hackers can alter memories, it would defeat the purpose.