One of the open issues linked to neuroscience-related 'helper' applications is the potential loss of privacy and individual thought. While greater understanding can be achieved, what are the ramifications of having individuals or government authorities becoming omniscient?
Those with incorrect thought may be detected and helped in the sense of THX-1138, with therapeutics. Could it happen? With so many people on earth competing for what could become scarcer resources, authorities may feel compelled to save us from ourselves, in the name of social harmony.
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