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The Dangers of "Mind/Brain-Net"

Imagine the internet, but instead of visual data, it would be composed of thoughts. Instead of writing or videoing, people would be able to know directly what you are thinking, and these thoughts would be saved in this new internet for all to see, or to hack. Instead of writing or speaking, all one would have to do is to think, as a direct way to transfer information to the whole world.

Imagine people spying on your thoughts every day, every minute, like some people could spy on you and me in this internet.

This new technology would be named Mind-Net, and it would break the final frontier of our privacy, of our stream of consciousness which we choose not to share with the world. With the power of Mind-Net, nothing would be private anymore. Every thought would be heard or seen, potentially, by millions if not billions of people. There would be nothing else to hide, even if you attempt to hide it.

This new technology could have a profound impact on our society. It could lead to a more transparent and open world, where everyone's thoughts are available to everyone else. This could lead to a more honest and truthful world, where people are less likely to lie or deceive each other. However, it could also lead to a world where people are constantly monitored and judged, and where there is no room for privacy or personal space.

It is important to think about the potential implications of Mind-Net before it becomes a reality. We need to decide whether we want to live in a world where our thoughts are constantly exposed to others, or whether we want to preserve some degree of privacy.

Brain-Machine Interface (BMI) is a technology that can transfer thoughts into actions and orders. It is currently used by some handicapped people and scientists, but it has the potential to become a basic product for many people across the globe.

However, there should be a limit on how much we let technology invade our lives. The evolution of BMI into Mind-Net could mean that there would be nothing more to protect from invasive inspection by everyone.

Do we really want to be so technologically advanced at the cost of the final frontier of our privacy? Everything on the internet can be penetrated by different means of hacking, but our unspoken thoughts are still safe from view.

Technology, when too advanced, can be very dangerous. It may be dangerous today, too, but a potential Mind-Net can mean the end to our privacy and disconnection from the media.

With such unspeakable power over humanity, nothing else would be hidden from view. Technology should be restricted!

Even if technology is not restricted, we should use our minds before accepting every new technological innovation into our lives. As the saying goes, not all glitters is gold, and when our thoughts can be read by the world, that's when our privacy will fully be breached. Did you know your computer's camera can be accessed without you knowing? It means that with each second, even if you theoretically have good anti-virus, someone, somewhere, could be watching your every move. What they can't watch, however, is your thoughts.

That's what makes the realm of thoughts so "holy" -- the fact that only you have the key to open it and reveal it to the world. On the internet, you could write whatever you want, and people might believe of your honesty. However, with each word you're sharing to the internet, you might be lying, pretending. How can you know when someone is lying online? If they're good enough in lying, you can't, because you don't have access to their thoughts.

This is a good thing, because it means that the other person gets their privacy, even if it means they'll continue lying, which might be immoral, but at least they -- and everyone else -- might be safe as long as you're not releasing overly-sensitive content for the world to view.

The concept of "Brain-net", while innovative beyond what we have now, is not only dangerous to our privacy, but also unnecessary. Why do we need such a thing when we already have the internet? The fact that there's something new on the shelves that we can buy, doesn't mean we should. There shouldn't be no shame in being satisfied with what we already have. Why should our thoughts be revealed to the public without us filtering it using our hands, our rationality?

Once we have a "Brain-net" and it becomes as popular as the internet, then that's it: there is no more privacy left for the modern man or woman. It isn't enough that our devices tell others where we currently are, it isn't enough that we're encouraged to share every detail in our lives to the world, now our thoughts are to be exposed?

Even I, as someone who feels no regret in being personal online, am feeling uncomfortable with the idea that my unfiltered thoughts will become public. Why? Why would I? Why would you? When I use a keyboard or record a video, at least I need to press the "share" button beforehand. If I'm using a microphone, at least I get to choose what to say, and if it's a video then I can get to take several attempts before uploading.

The problem with thoughts, however, is that they can exist randomly and it's far more difficult to moderate them on our own. Imagine "pink elephants." Now try to not think of a single pink elephant for at least 10, 15 seconds. Think you've succeeded? The mind is like a wild beast, waiting to be tamed by us.

The mind is, therefore, too dangerous for us (and maybe for others as well) to be directly recorded. Instead of a "pink elephant," it could be an intimate secret of yours, a confession you haven't made yet, or a crime you have committed, or any other thing that puts you in a light you don't want to be put on. Would you, after all of this, accept to have your brain recorded, just for global communication which is already possible regardless?

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Tomasio A. Rubinshtein, Philosocom's Founder & Writer

I am a philosopher from Israel, author of several books in 2 languages, and Quora's Top Writer of the year 2018. I'm also a semi-hermit who has decided to dedicate his life to writing and sharing my articles across the globe. Several podcasts on me, as well as a radio interview, have been made since my career as a writer. More information about me can be found here.

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