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.

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