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From brain implant to human botnet

By 2050, our knowledge of how the brain works, and our ability to enhance or repair it is so advanced that being able to remember everything and learn new things at an outrageous speed has become commonplace. Most kids are fitted with the latest memory boosting implants to support their learning and this makes education easier than it has ever been. Brain damage as a result of head injury is easily repaired; memory loss is no longer a medical condition, and people suffering from mental illnesses, such as depression, are quickly cured.  The technologies that underpin this have existed in some form since the late 2010s. Memory implants are in fact a natural progression from the connected deep brain stimulation implants of 2018.

But every technology has another side – a dark side. In 2050, the medical, social and economic impact of memory boosting implants are significant, but they are also vulnerable to exploitation and cyber-abuse. New threats that have appeared in the last decade include the mass manipulation of groups through implanted or erased memories of political events or conflicts, and even the creation of ‘human botnets’. These botnets connect people’s brains into a network of agents controlled and operated by cybercriminals, without the knowledge of the victims themselves. Repurposed cyberthreats from previous decades are targeting the memories of world leaders for cyber-espionage, as well as those of celebrities, ordinary people and businesses with the aim of memory theft, deletion of or ‘locking’ of memories (for example, in return for a ransom).  This landscape is only possible because, in the late 2010s when the technologies began to evolve, the potential future security vulnerabilities were not considered a priority, and the various players: healthcare, security, policy makers and more, didn’t come together to understand and address future risks.”

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Aditya Kumawat Brain can't be understand fully......It takes Infinite Years to get the total information about brain....So it can't be not surely predicted till 2050.. 08 Nov 2019
Danish People are still facing some of the problem you stated above in present day,however it's little different from what you have stated above.Like mass manipulation of group through media.Media is doing so and the victims are unaware of that.Earasing the memories of events,conflicts by introducing new events new conflicts.Stealing confidential information,private memories through cyber for ransom is also one of present issues. 30 Sep 2019
Pamela J Delk With technologies in existence such as Silent Sound (Non-Lethals) and even work on something as innocent sounding as “Fingering Communications “ by SGNL, you are already spot on, concerning cyber-abuse.capabilities. Hopefully, you can continue to make your case for both outcomes. There have been many victims these technologies were tested on, without their consent, nor their knowledge. It would be, has been horrifying and magnificent. But much is wasted when greed and humans lacking empathy gain control of these technologies. Well written. 21 May 2019
Austin Spencer Peters Why do memory boosting implants need an internet connection? 06 Feb 2019