January 01, 2013 Science and Technology Law

Neural Implants and Their Legal Implications

Although it is not widely known, brain implants and other neural devices have been successfully used for several years to treat neurological disease and brain injuries. In the future, these devices hold the promise of enhancing our quality of life and ultimately expanding the functionality of our minds.

Some futurists and artificial intelligence experts envision credible scenarios in which synthetic brains will, within this century, extend the functionality of our own brains to the point where they will rival and then surpass the power of an organic human brain. At the same time, humans seem to have no limitations when it comes to finding ways to attack the computerized devices that others have invented.

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