published in The New Yorker
As devices get smaller and smaller with more powerful and efficient microchips, neurotechnology seems to loom closer on the horizon. But it's hard to believe that any sane human would willingly place microchips in their head unless they are incredibly well tested or they are confronted with an existential problem. Kenneally reports on the latter: patients struggling with life-endangering epileptic seizures were presented with a neural device that can predict oncoming episodes. The implications are both pragmatic and philosophical, and the responses seem mixed.
71 days ago