I am deeply concerned about the growing potential for companies to use brain-computer implants to harvest and sell personal neural data. While this may sound far-fetched, it is unfortunately an increasingly likely reality. Companies like Microsoft and Neuralink are already developing brain-interface technologies that will be able to mine emotions for marketing purposes and influence the thoughts of its human host.
Without protection by the law, companies will abuse new brain-computer technologies the same way they currently abuse our digital data. Such practices violate the human right to personal autonomy and enable mass biometric data harvesting.
Usually the law trails far behind emerging technologies, letting harms get horrible before any regulation comes. But before brain-computer implants are deployed at a commercial scale, legislators have an opportunity to act. If we miss this window, countless people may be unethically subjected to neural data harvesting. The time to legislate is now. I demand legislation to legally classify personal neural data similar to human bodily organs so that it cannot be mass-harvested or sold.