Hackers who commandeer your computer are bad enough. Now scientists worry that someday, theyâ€™ll try to take over your brain.
In the past year, researchers have developed technology that makes it possible to use thoughts to operate a computer, maneuver a wheelchair, or even use Twitter â€” all without lifting a finger. But as neural devices become more complicated â€” and go wireless â€” some scientists say the risks of â€œbrain hackingâ€ should be taken seriously.
â€œNeural devices are innovating at an extremely rapid rate and hold tremendous promise for the future,â€ said computer security expert Tadayoshi Kohno of the University of Washington. â€œBut if we donâ€™t start paying attention to security, weâ€™re worried that we might find ourselves in five or 10 years saying weâ€™ve made a big mistake.â€
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