According to Slashdot, a researcher at Stanford has successfully spliced light sensitive algae genes into human brain cells. The cells can then be activated by laser light. This is pretty scary on its own. But here’s the money quote: ‘Once the researcher attaches the other end of the cable to a laser, he or she has absolute and flawless control over that group of neurons.’
Holy #$%#!!! Absolute control over someones neurons?! What are they planning to use this for? And even if there is some benign use in mind, how long will it take for some very malignant uses to be devised? Sure, right now it requires being hooked up to a cable, which limits the potential for malicious use – at least they can only control a person’s mind in a lab. But what happens when some other helpful scientist figures out how to control those neurons from a distance, or by remote control?
At least we don’t currently have a fascist president. Silver lining, right?