Technology that aims to read your thoughts and explore your memories already exists

In recent years, we’ve seen neurotechnology move from research labs to real-world use. Schools use some devices to monitor children’s brain activity to determine when they are paying attention. Police use others to find out if someone is guilty of a crime. And employers use them to keep employees awake and productive.

These technologies hold great promise to give us a whole new insight into our own minds. But our brain data is valuable and falling into the wrong hands can be dangerous. Jessica Hamzelou, our senior biotech reporter, had a fascinating conversation with Nita Farrakhani, a futurist and legal ethicist at Duke University who wrote a book advocating for new rules to protect our cognitive freedom. Read the story in its entirety.

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1 Baidu’s Ernie chatbot is not very impressive
One reason for this may be China’s strict internet censorship. (NYT$)
+ The company’s shares fell sharply after its lackluster presentation. (The Guardian)
+ Why large language models begin to behave in strange, unpredictable ways. (Quantum)
+ ChatGPT’s fight for search is bigger than Microsoft or Google. (MIT Technology Review)

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