Just read this fascinating article about neural implants, small devices that are placed under the skull on the surface of the brain. Think of them like miniature pacemakers for the brain. Today they are helping deaf people hear for the first time, reducing seizures, improving Parkinsons symptoms. Who could argue with that? But what if an implant could give you superabilities? Author Daniel Wilson poses some thought provoking questions about where this is all going to take us.
From my standpoint, having spent a lifetime helping kids and young adults with disabilities, I see this as a simple matter of overcoming obstacles through technology. Dealing with the effects of brain injury is often a difficult struggle. If technology can help lighten the load then I’m all for it. While I think the author’s questions are interesting, he is also trying to sell his sci-fi novel about a group of superabled people who disrupt society. In the same way that nobody signs up for a pacemaker unless they need it, I can’t really imagine anyone lining up for this stuff in order to get a competitive advantage.
I’d love to hear what you think.