London’s Royal Society warns that telepathy scientific discoveries could pose severe risks in case of misuse. 

The Royal Society report describes theoretically how such systems could transmit thought among human beings:

“People could become telepathic to some degree, able to converse not only without speaking but without words – through access to each other’s thoughts at a conceptual level. This could enable unprecedented collaboration with colleagues and deeper conversations with friends”

In the Royal Society report, scientists claim that systems that link brains to AI under development, like Elon Musk’s Neuralink, could advance to more advanced stages in the upcoming years, when people will be able to share also sensory experiences:

“Not only thoughts, but sensory experiences, could be communicated from brain to brain. Someone on holiday could beam a ‘neural postcard’ of what they are seeing, hearing or tasting into the mind of a friend back home”

Christofer Toumazou, a professor of engineering at Imperial College London, shared potential ethical concerns on such technologies and explained why the Royal Society calls for government actions:

“They could bring huge economic benefits to the UK and transform sectors like the NHS, public health and social care, but if developments are dictated by a handful of companies then less commercial applications could be side-lined. That is why we are calling on the government to launch a national investigation”

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