Just today it was revealed that the NSA has not only been monitoring our phone calls metadata, but specific contents of material posted on blogs, in private email messages and other private conversations conducted online. This is only the latest specific example of the NSA’s relentless policy to absorb as much data on the American populous as possible. So what does this mean for new technologies to come?
Over the next 30 years, leading artificial intelligence researchers suggest we will experience an explosion in radical new technologies housed under the transhumanist movement. These technologies will include brain microbots that enter your blood stream with the intent of performing deep scanning of the human body, including the brain. We’ve already seen the dawn of prosthesis controlled by the electrical neurons firing within the brain, and storing user information for improvement. We’ve heard major researchers and innovators like Ray Kurzweil and Michio Kaku talk about bio-technology in ways that will redefine the human experience. These concepts aren’t science fiction, they are happening, and are currently being developed and funded.
But where will this information be stored? Who will have access to it? It’s an important question to ask, since most Silicon Valley companies spending money to research transcendent technologies comply with NSA data requests. The lead futurist in the area of transhumanism, Ray Kurzweil, works for Google, a long time participant in the NSA’s mass-surveillance apparatus. I wouldn’t suggest that he would want brain microbots storing user information only to be accessed by the government. However, those who store the information might.
Before we reach 2045, and even before it, we must consider how biotechnology and transhumanism will be impacted by NSA surveillance. If the NSA can gain access to our private information via personal computer technology, it should be assumed bio-hacking would not be out of the realm of possibility. So as we start seriously implementing brain mapping, pills that store health information, and even brain implants, we need to consider who else might look at our health information, or worse, our inner thoughts.