Private Consortium Launches Smart Region To Slam Smart City Tech

Arizona State University President Michael Crow has created a unconstitutional consortium of organizations to impose smart city technology across 20 cities and 4.4 million people in central Arizona.

This is a global first, and other regionalists around the world are watching like hawks to see if they can pull it off. If they do, it will instantly become the global template to create Smart Cities without public intervention. ⁃ TN Editor

 

Cox Communications and Arizona State University (ASU) announced at the 2019 ASU Smart Region Summit flagship event their partnership to create the Cox Connected Environments Collaboratory at ASU. This collaboration will drive the development of Arizona’s smart region infrastructure, delivering on the promise of ASU’s Smart City Cloud Innovation Center (CIC) to build smarter communities in the greater Phoenix metropolitan region by solving pressing community challenges.

The Cox Connected Environments Collaboratory at ASU will aim to solve real challenges within the Greater Phoenix community and beyond in ways that are innovative and not readily available in the marketplace today.  As an incubation center and convening space, the Collaboratory aims to engage ASU students, staff, and faculty to design the next wave of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions that could, for example, optimize buildings for sustainability, provide new learning experiences in virtual and augmented reality, overhaul transportation infrastructure and more.

To power the Collaboratory, Cox will deploy a comprehensive wired and wireless network on campus as part of ASU’s NextGen Network. The Collaboratory is another step forward for these efforts, engaging city leaders and citizens, non-profits, faculty, student researchers, industry experts, and visiting scholars to build the metropolis and regional infrastructure of the future.

“Cox is a trusted partner, and we are eager to see the Cox Connected Environments Collaboratory at ASU drive smart region applications that combine people, connected devices, data and processes to improve community operations and the citizen experience,” said Lev Gonick, chief information officer, Arizona State University.

“Cox currently powers several smart city initiatives and communities today as the preferred data network of residents and business owners,” said Steve Rowley, executive vice president, Cox Business. “Cox Business, combined with Cox2M, will bring new experiential capabilities to the campus and provide a space for all to innovate.”

“Through our Cox2M business line, we will bring ASU students, staff and faculty the tools and capabilities to develop end-to-end solutions that can really make a difference,” said Sujata Gosalia, executive vice president and chief strategy officer, Cox Communications. “We are excited to build the future together in this new collaborative environment.”

As a founding partner of The Connective – Greater Phoenix Smart Region Consortium, Cox will also work with ASU to utilize the power of Cox’s existing gigabit network and continue to extend its fiber infrastructure through aggressive investment to create a more connected region.

The Cox Connected Environments Collaboratory will reside in an Innovation Zone at ASU, spaces located across the Valley and ASU campuses that are dedicated to creating innovative solutions to global challenges. These Zones include SkySong, ASU Research Park, Novus Innovation Corridor and more, actively engaging schools, faculty, students, programs and initiatives.

“The spirit of innovation permeates everything we do here at ASU, and that philosophy extends to the ecosystems and resources we make available to our collaborators,” said Sethuraman Panchanathan, executive vice president of Knowledge Enterprise and chief research and innovation officer at ASU. “New ideas and solutions to grand challenges are discovered when we partner at this level. Our Innovation Centers and Innovation Zones are prime examples of how these relationships are cultivated, and how the resulting benefits are realized by our communities.”

“On behalf of the executive team of the Greater Phoenix Connective, we are grateful to have Cox Communications as a Founding Partner. The new Cox Connected Environments Collaboratory at ASU will allow us to experiment with new applications and technologies that will enable the development of a smart and connected region enhancing the quality of life for the citizens and businesses of the Greater Phoenix Region”, said John Graham, Chairman of Partnership for Economic Innovation.

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San Jose, CA

San Jose, CA Next City To Ban Natural Gas

The ultra-left environmental group, Sierra Club, claims that 50 other California cities are also considering a ban on natural gas, the cleanest, cheapest and most resilient source of energy on planet earth. 

So far, San Jose is the largest city in the U.S. to ban natural gas. The only by-products of burning natural gas are water and CO2, which is used by plants to generate oxygen. There are enough proven reserves currently in production that could power the entire U.S. for at least 80 years, and more reserves are being discovered every year.  New scientific discoveries have demonstrated that hydrocarbon fuels are continually regenerated within the earth.

The object of Sustainable Development, aka Technocracy, is to create artificial shortages in critical resource that subsequently demand limited allocation. Of course, the ‘managers’ will be the U.N. and NGOs and not citizens or private companies. ⁃ TN Editor

 

San Jose, CA Mayor Sam Liccardo and other city council members approved a proposal to prohibit natural gas infrastructure from being installed in many new residential buildings. The measure covers single family homes, accessory dwelling units and low-rise multi-family buildings.

The ordinance would require all new multi-family buildings to have 70% electric vehicle (EV) capable parking spaces, at least 20% EV ready spaces and at least 10% EV supply equipment spaces. 

A final ordinance is expected to be approved in October, going into effect on January 1. The council’s intention is to expand the ban to include more buildings, and it has requested check-ins from city staff over the next several months with recommendations for the expansion, a mayor’s office spokesperson told Smart Cities Dive. They are also examining offsetting the cost of solar and battery storage installations in affordable housing.

 

San Jose’s ban comes just after Berkeley, CA passed a natural gas ban that will also take effect on January 1. San Jose is the largest city to advance this type of ordinance. It aims to reduce emissions from buildings, which are considered the largest emissions producers along with transportation.

Other U.S. cities also are pushing for greater building electrification to get away from fossil fuel use. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan proposed a tax on heating oil providers to help 3,000 homes transition from oil to electric heat. This spring, San Francisco Mayor London Breed proposed a plan to transition buildings over 50,000 square feet to 100% renewable energy by 2030. That occurred just after Chicago became the largest U.S. city to commit to 100% renewable energy use by 2035.

A number of climate and environmental advocacy groups, including the Sierra Club, are in favor of San Jose’s move.

“As gas companies and their shady front groups continue to use sketchy tactics to hold communities back from realizing their clean energy realities, leaders in over 50 California cities are moving ahead on similar strategies to end their reliance on gas in their homes and businesses,” said Matt Gough, senior campaign representative for the Sierra Club’s My Generation campaign.

But opponents of natural gas bans warn that these moves could harm citizens because natural gas provides a lower priced, more efficient type of energy.

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Internet Turns 50; Creator Warns Of Subversion

In a vacuum, the Internet is neutral but add humans, and things spin out of control. Evil humans do evil things and the Internet has greatly expanded their capacity to spread evil and debauch humanity. ⁃ TN Editor
 

World Wide Web founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee has warned that the internet’s power for good is being “subverted” by those spreading hatred and threatening democracy, as the technology marked its 50th birthday.

Sir Tim urged governments, campaign groups and individuals to back a new plan from his foundation to make the internet safe, fair and accessible to all.

The computer scientist spoke out on the 50th anniversary of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) professor Len Kleinrock sending the first message on the Arpanet network of computers, which would eventually become the internet.

Twenty years later, Sir Tim created the World Wide Web – first proposed as an information management system while he was working for the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) – which led to the mainstream establishment of the technology.

“It’s astonishing to think the internet is already half a century old. But its birthday is not altogether a happy one,” he said.

“The internet – and the World Wide Web it enabled – have changed our lives for the better and have the power to transform millions more in the future. But increasingly we’re seeing that power for good being subverted, whether by scammers, people spreading hatred or vested interests threatening democracy.”

He confirmed that the Web Foundation, the group he founded to campaign for the open web as a public good and basic right, would publish its Contract for the Web next month – a collection of pledges aimed at all areas of society and their commitment to protecting the web in the future.

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Cities Face ‘An Absolute Land Grab’ From 5G Telecoms

Cities are the losers as giant telecom companies grab real estate for high density 5G towers. That the FCC would deny cities’ rights to control their own destiny is patently unconstitutional and likely illegal as well, but the lobby steamroller could care less.

Residents are rebelling over a) health safety b) property value declines c) no say in policies. ⁃ TN Editor

  

There is perhaps no technology as appealing yet daunting to city leaders as 5G, which continues to roll out across the United States in a process largely led by the four major telecom companies.

Anxiety around the deployment has only been heightened in the wake of a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision handed down last year to accelerate approval times and cap fees that cities could charge for installing small cells, the infrastructure needed for 5G.

While some have turned to litigation to try and overturn the ruling — a bill pending in Congress would do the same — some experts suggest cities prepare a strong roll out plan for 5G.

“I think it is in the best interest of cities to realize where this is coming from and why this is happening and how to best implement it,” Praveen Gupta, founder and CEO of mobile consulting firm Mobilestack, said in a speech at the Smart Cities Connect conference in National Harbor, MD. “Some sort of a forward-looking approach, in my view, is needed rather than business as usual.”

Even with the new limitations on local control imposed by the FCC, speakers said cities should be deliberate in their planning and partner where they can. Greenwood Village, CO City Manager John Jackson said telecoms are “absolutely wanting to deploy,” although cities must balance that with some residents’ desire not to have their views dogged by oversized “street furniture.”

Jackson said that cities should create strict laws and ordinances governing the roll out of 5G infrastructure and do what they can within the FCC’s limitations to govern the aesthetics, which remains an issue for city leaders.

He also said that if the city owns its light poles, traffic signals or other existing infrastructure, it should look to use them as a place for small cells, as they already have a purpose. “It doesn’t make any sense to me to put up vertical infrastructure that you can’t use,” he continued.

City residents have raised concerns over the health impacts of 5G infrastructure, especially radiation effects from the towers and other cells used to transmit the signal. While Gupta said that the radiation risk is low, cities could play a role in educating their residents about 5G and why health fears are unfounded.

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Switzerland

Tectonic Voter Shift In Switzerland As Green Party Gets Foothold

Climate change madness has permeated European political culture as seen with the ascent of the Green Party in Switzerland. For the first time, it achieved 13.2% of the national vote, greatly exceeding previous outcomes and even their own expectations. ⁃ TN Editor
 

Switzerland’s Green Party made historic gains in national elections Sunday, while the anti-immigrant right wing remained the largest party in parliament despite a slip in its support.

Definitive results confirmed a pre-vote forecast that rising concerns about climate change would trigger an electoral “green wave”.

The results mark “a tectonic shift”, said Green Party president Regula Rytz, and the leftwing party called for the “urgent convening of a national climate summit”.

The Greens garnered 13.2 percent support, exceeding their pre-election projection and marking a six-point bump on their 2015 performance.

The Green Liberals — an environmentalist party with libertarian socio-economic policies — also gained ground, taking 7.8 percent of the vote compared with less than five percent in 2015.

“It’s more than a wave, it’s a tidal wave on the Swiss scale,” political scientist Pascal Sciarini told AFP.

Focus will swiftly turn to whether the Greens — or a coalition of the two environmentalist parties — will demand one of the seven cabinet positions that are shared among the leading political parties.

The Swiss People’s Party (SVP), which has repeatedly been accused of demonising migrants, claimed 25.6 percent of the vote.

But that is down from the 29.4 percent it garnered in 2015.

University of Lausanne political scientist Oscar Mazzoleni told AFP the results showed that the SVP struggled to attract young voters while its ageing electoral base was less motivated to vote than in 2015, when Europe’s migrant crisis was on “page one”.

The SVP is also the only major party that has not pledged to pursue bolder climate action, having consistently denounced “climate hysteria” in Swiss politics.

“We knew we were going to suffer a setback,” outgoing SVP senator Oscar Freysinger said on RTS.

“But the important point remains that before saving the planet we have to save Swiss sovereignty,” he added.

Aside from warning about the threats of immigration, the SVP has also built its brand by condemning the influence of the European Union in non-EU member Switzerland.

Under Switzerland’s unique political system, the election decides the 200 lower house lawmakers and 46 senators elected to four-year terms, but the make-up of the executive Federal Council will not be decided until December.

Under the so-called “magic formula” for power sharing, six cabinet seats are shared equally by the SVP, the Socialist Party and the right-leaning Free Democratic Party (PLR), with the centrist Christian Democrats holding the seventh seat.

The presidency rotates each year.

The Greens finished fourth, narrowly beating the Christian Democrats, but it remains unclear when they will join the cabinet.

Swiss governance relies heavily on consensus, and many have voiced reluctance to removing the Christian Democrats, who have served in cabinet since the formula was implemented in 1959 and represent Switzerland’s centrist bloc.

The leftwing Greens would rather take a Federal Council seat from the right-leaning PLR, but may have to form a tricky alliance with the Green Liberals to do so.

But party leader Rytz made clear that she believes the Greens belong in government.

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CRISPR DNA Editing Tool Gets Major Upgrade

Technocrat and Transhuman geneticists are salivating to get their hands on this revolutionary technology that will give them total and direct control over the human genome and other DNA-based life forms. ⁃ TN Editor
 

A new form of the genome-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 appears to significantly expand the range of diseases that could be treated with the technology, by enabling scientists to precisely change any of DNA’s four “letters” into any other and insert or delete any stretch of DNA — all more efficiently and precisely than previous versions of CRISPR. Crucially, scientists reported on Monday, it accomplishes all that without making genome-scrambling cuts in the double helix, as classic CRISPR and many of its offshoots do.

News about this “prime editing” began circulating among CRISPR-ites this month, when the inventors unveiled it at a meeting at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Since then, “the excitement has been palpable,” said genetic engineer Fyodor Urnov of the University of California, Berkeley, who was not involved in the research.

“I can’t overstate the significance of this,” he said, likening the creation of ever-more kinds of genome-editing technologies to the creation of superheroes with different powers: “This could be quite a useful Avenger for the genome-editing community, especially in translating basic research to the clinic” to cure diseases ranging from sickle cell to cystic fibrosis.

Prime editing’s inventors, led by David Liu of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and postdoctoral fellow Dr. Andrew Anzalone, say it has the potential to correct 89% of known disease-causing genetic variations in DNA, from the single-letter misspelling that causes sickle cell to the superfluous four letters that cause Tay-Sachs disease. All told, they report making 175 edits in human and mouse cells.

“There are more than 75,000 DNA changes associated with genetic diseases,” Liu told reporters ahead of the online publication in Nature describing prime editors. “Collectively, they cover all of these.”

Prime editing improves on CRISPR-Cas9 (and all of the tweaks researchers have made to it in the last seven years) in several crucial ways, Liu said. It can change any of DNA’s four nucleotides, or “letters” — denoted A, T, C, and G — into any other, a total of 12 possibilities.

One of Liu’s earlier CRISPR inventions, called base editing, can make only four of those changes: C-to-T, T-to-C, A-to-G, and G-to-A. It cannot, for instance, correct the sickle-cell-causing mutation in the hemoglobin gene, which requires changing a T to an A at a precise spot.

“Prime editing,” Urnov said, “is excellent for the repair of [such] point mutations,” which are the cause of some 7,000 inherited genetic diseases.

Unlike other forms of CRISPR, prime editors easily make those repairs in non-dividing cells such as neurons and muscle cells, which genome-editing researchers are eyeing as targets for treating diseases ranging from Duchenne muscular dystrophy to Rett syndrome.

In addition to changing one nucleotide to another, prime editors can remove a precise number of nucleotides from a precise spot in the genome. For instance, the Broad scientists removed (from human cells growing in lab dishes) the four nucleotides in the gene HEXA that cause Tay-Sachs disease. Elsewhere, they were able to remove as many as 80.

“It looks like prime editing will offer some new capabilities to the genome editing community,” said biochemist Benjamin Kleinstiver of Massachusetts General Hospital, whose research centers on turning genome editing into “molecular medicine.”

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Bots Reign: 88% Of Chinese Workers Trust More Than Human Boss

The road to scientific dictatorship, aka Technocracy, is paved with AI systems that tell humans what to do, how to do it and when to do it. Apparently, Chinese workers like it this way. 

The author of Brave New World, Aldous Huxley, said, “A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.” ⁃ TN Editor

The main worries surrounding artificial intelligence (AI) and its future is how one day, it’ll prove to be the biggest job-killing technology of all-time, or worse even, the autonomous bots will group together and wipe out the human race completely.

We’re still waiting for hard evidence on how this might happen, but meanwhile in China, a study found that 88 percent of workers have more trust in robots than their human managers. 

The study, which was published on Tuesday by the US software company Oracle and the research firm Future Workplace, polled 8,370 employees, managers, and human resources workers in 10 countries from July to August of this year.

Its findings revealed that China’s trust level of robots in the workplace is well above the global average, with about two thirds of workers admitting they feel optimistic about having a robot co-worker. 

“Over the past two years, we’ve found that workers have become more optimistic as they’ve adopted more AI in the workplace,” Dan Schawbel, Research Director at Future Workplace said in a statement. “This study shows that AI is redefining not only the relationship between worker and manager, but also the role of a manager in an AI-driven workplace.

Based on the findings, managers will remain relevant in the future if they focus on being human and using their soft skills, while leaving the technical skills and routine tasks to robots.”

While being optimistic about AI entering the workforce isn’t necessarily unfounded, the study did show a trend that might prove problematic: 26 percent of participants trust AI to offer unbiased information.

AI’s role in perpetrating bias

AI is created and trained by human developers, and the global software developer industry is currently made up of just 27.5 percent women. As women are grossly underrepresented in the tech industry, it’s inevitable that AI testings are at risk to gender bias.

We’ve already seen this happen with the industry-leading voice assistants including Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa.

These assistants were given female names and voices by default and made to be of assistance, which perpetuates the harmful gender bias that suggests women should be there to assist rather than be assisted. 

However, we’ve also seen AI work to tackle gender bias in the workplace. Textio, an AI-powered writing-enhancement service that analyzes job descriptions, helps employers and HR professionals to write gender-neutral job ads by highlighting words and phrases that would deter women from applying.

For example, a job ad would be considered more ‘masculine’ if it included words like ‘ninja,’ ‘competitive,’ and ‘dominate.’ 

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Ed Markey

Green New Deal Senator Calls For TSA To Drop Facial Recognition Tech

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) stands tall with AOC’s Green New Deal, aka Technocracy, but calls for the TSA to stop facial recognition technology. Is Markey just speaking out of both sides of his mouth? Or, is he applying the Hegelian dialectic to gain supporters? ⁃ TN Editor
 

The federal government is ramping up the use of facial recognition technology at airports across the country, though at least one lawmaker wants the Transportation Security Agency to slow down.

During a hearing Thursday held by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Security, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., brought up the coming ubiquity of facial recognition technologies and warned against moving forward without sufficient protections for the data being collected, as well as the civil liberties of travelers.

“As we work to keep pace with emerging threats to aviation travel, civil liberties cannot be an afterthought,” Markey said. “The public lacks enforceable rights and rules to protect travelers’ privacy and address unique threats that TSA’s biometric data collection poses to our civil liberties.”

Markey leveled a series of questions at Denver International Airport Chief Operations Officer Chris McLaughlin, using him as a sounding board for the senator’s concerns.

“Do you agree that any collection of Americans’ biometric information at airports should always be voluntary?” Markey asked.

“Yes, I do,” McLaughlin replied.

“Do you agree that TSA should enact enforceable rules and take all necessary steps to ensure that biometric data it collects is secure?”

“Yes.”

“Do you agree that TSA should enact binding safeguards to ensure that its use of biometric technology does not disproportionately burden or misidentify people of color?”

“Absolutely, yes.”

“I agree with you. I agree with all of your answers,” Markey said. “We’re, however, quickly moving toward a point of no return when it comes to the deployment of facial recognition technology.”

Markey called on TSA to halt deployment of facial recognition tech—such as the ongoing pilot at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport—until officially policies are set in place.

“TSA should stop using these invasive tools in the absence of formal rules that reflect our values and protect our privacies,” he said. “I call upon the agency to formalize these rules. It’s absolutely essential. We should not be moving forward until we’ve decided what those protections are going to be.”

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AI judge

All Rise: Here Comes The (AI) Judge

This whole meme rests on “As computer researchers get closer to creating true Artificial Intelligence”. The fact is, they haven’t created ‘true’ AI but persist in trying, keeping reality just around a corner that never shows up. “Betting on the come” is an age-old con game. ⁃ TN Editor
 

It’s likely that most people locked in our jails believe that with a better lawyer, a more lenient judge or a more understanding jury things might have been very different for them.

Human error, they will say, is to blame for them being banged up.

But can the human element be removed? Law firms are already using computer algorithms to perform background research other tasks traditionally performed by human staff. And that’s just the beginning.

As computer researchers get closer to creating true Artificial Intelligence, it’s predicted to eliminate most paralegal and legal research positions within the next decade.

The next step inevitably involves artificial intelligences aiding, or even completely replacing lawyers. And if we have robot lawyers, why not automated judges and juries too? Why not a fully solid-state legal system?

Lawyer Tom Girardi, who was one of the real-life inspirations for the movie Erin Brockovich, told Forbes: “It may even be considered legal malpractice not to use AI one day

“It would be analogous to a lawyer in the late twentieth century still doing everything by hand when this person could use a computer.”

Writer Rossalyn Warren points out that people are, by their nature, flawed. Flesh-and-blood jurors and judges will always bring their own prejudices into the courtroom.

But a robot juror, she says, “could be crammed with a far broader range of facts and figures about the nature of crime, cases on record and the law, making it much more worthwhile than a juror who has little awareness on such matters.”

She goes on: “Expecting randomly selected members of the public to decide the fate of a person in a jury system is outdated because the notion of a fair and impartial jury doesn’t exist.”

Even cross examinations could be outsourced to an automated system. A thought-provoking experiment shows that people are more likely to be completely honest with an unemotional machine than a potentially judgemental human.

When researchers led by Jonathan Gratch at the Institute for Creative Technologies created an artificially intelligent robot psychologist named Ellie they tested it on two groups of people.

Half were told Ellie was just a machine that was able to ask probing questions and understand their respondents’ emotions with 3D cameras. Those people were shown to give more honest responses to “her” while the experimental subjects that were told that Ellie was being operated by a human ‘puppeteer’ gave less direct answers.

Apart from the possibility of getting a fairer result, raw economics come into play too.

“If a lawyer can use AI to win a case and do it for less than someone without AI,” says Tom Girardi, “who do you think the client will choose to work with next time?”

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Can AI Brain Implants ‘Give People Superhuman Intelligence’?

Artificial Intelligence is an oxymoron that suggests that a creation of man can exceed the intelligence of its creator. This has also been the Biblical debate of the ages: If God created man, can man become more intelligent than God?

The science fiction proposition that brain implants can deliver computer assisted knowledge that can achieve superpower status is just that: science fiction. Technocrat dreamers believe they can do anything that their minds conceive, and when they find that the reality falls short, they fake the experience and call it real. This article reveals that the dream-machine is alive and well, and still spinning out scientistic propaganda. ⁃ TN Editor

 

Brain-boosting electrodes will soon become “like plastic surgery” as all we race to get cybernetic enhancements.

Humans will be turned into cyborgs — with scientists sticking AI implants deep into their brains.

Brain-zapping electrodes have treated seizure patients with promising results, and bizarre and unexpected side-effects of calmness and positivity means they are now being probed as a radical treatment for depression.

It’s even theorised that the electric implants can be manipulated to make users max out their brain power — similarly to how amphetamines like Adderall are abused today.

Science power couple Kelly and Zach Weinersmith explored the exciting advancements in their brand new book “Soonish – Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve And/Or Ruin Everything”.

The pair reckon that brain-boosting electrodes will soon become “like plastic surgery” — with people spending shedloads in order to become smarter and stay ahead of the pack.

One in four top academics currently abuses amphetamines, according to the Weinersmiths.

“As brain-computer interface technology becomes more reliable, it may have implications in many industries,” they wrote.

“An ideal brain-computer interface can make you smarter, better at remembering things, more focused, and perhaps even more creative.

“You can’t think about the possibilities without the possibilities without picturing some sort of cyborg diaspora and yet given the opportunity to suddenly have a better memory, we’d probably all take it.”

Even weirder is the possibility of a human hive mind — we will be able to share each other’s thoughts like an army of ants working in unison.

Lab rats had their brains linked via a brain-computer interface in one set of experiments.

“The results do appear to be a sort of brain-to-brain connection,” the Weinersmiths said.

“We don’t know whether these lab rats were literally sharing thoughts, but their connected brains seem to get together and work together more efficiently.

“At some point in the future, it may become possible to literally combine minds with other people, either for recreational or business purposes.

“To us, this sounds like a nightmare version of doing a group project, but each to her own.”

Mind-reading would have considerable downsides though — like thinking “I want to divorce my wife” when you are sat on the sofa, next to your wife.

The devices could also be hacked, either for murder or a dark, futuristic version of domestic abuse.

“In the case of brain implants, hacking could mean a lot of things.

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