Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) are no longer a thing of science fiction. The technology is already available to some patients to treat conditions like epilepsy and blindness. Soon, projects like Elon Musk’s Neuralink could make BCIs available to a broad consumer audience.
However, with the technology’s widespread adoption has come serious concerns about the safety and ethics of brain-computer interfaces.
The potential for brain injury, technological dependence and social stigma have experts of all kinds discussing the harm that BCI technology may cause.
Brain-computer interfaces – also called brain-machine interfaces – include any technology that