Jesse Armstrong, who wrote one of the scariest and most watched episodes for the hit television series “Black Mirror”, envisions a future where people can record and review all memories and experiences through a small piece of tech that gets implanted inside their brains.
At the beginning of the episode titled “The Entire History of You”, the technology seems useful, but it turns nightmarish quickly when it shows that it takes away the anticipation of privacy from people as well as their ability to delusion themselves.
Life imitates art:
In a life imitates terrifying fiction, Apple executive and Siri’s co-founder, Tom Gruber, envisions a similar future.
During a TED talk this week in Vancouver, in Canada, Gruber showed his idea for a future where technology registers and recalls all events in our lives, from each person we meet names, to every place we have been, as well as all the events of our lives. He said: “I believe A.I. will make personal memory enhancement a reality. I think it’s inevitable.” He added that he trusts that smart computers have the ability to be used to strengthen current human capability for memory.
Not a novel idea:
Gruber is not the only major tech mogul to propose that a computer chip inserted in the brain would be Silicon Valley’s upcoming frontier. Tesla CEO, Elon Musk has a new start-up called Neuralink, which is creating a technology called “neural lace” which would comprise of “implanting tiny brain electrodes that may one day upload and download thoughts.”
Facebook also hopped on the brain implants train, as the giant tech company hinted that it’s working on an alike technology that might help disabled people. Regina Dugan, leader of Facebook’s enigmatic hardware development initiative, said last week during the company’s developers’ conference: (“What if you could type directly from your brain?”
However, these technologies still have a long time to become reality. The surgical aspect of the process is risky, and privacy issues are extremely serious.
During his talk, Gruber said: “We get to choose what is and is not recalled and retained. It’s absolutely essential that this be kept very secure.”
He also believes that this technology could specifically help people with memory diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s, he said: “It’s the difference between a life of isolation and one of dignity and connection.”