As the development of brain-computer interface technology speeds up, are security and privacy getting left behind?
Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) offer a direct link between the grey matter of our human brains and silicon and circuitry of computers. New technologies always bring with them new security threats, but with the human brain a single store of the most sensitive and private information it's possible to imagine, the security stakes couldn't be higher.
If we're soon to be plugging computers directly into our brains, how can we protect that connection from those who want to attack them?
The first wave of brain-computer interfaces are beginning to make their way onto the market, offering users a way of keeping tabs on their stress levels, control apps, and monitor their emotions. BCI tech is also progressing outside the consumer area, with medical researchers using them to help those with spinal injuries to move paralysed limbs and restore a lost sense of touch.