- Ed Finn: What Elon Musk's Neuralink proposes is a world in which the mind can be edited like software
- Finn: If it's possible to edit the mind, the bedrock of truth and lived experience will be irrevocably changed
Ed Finn is the author of "What Algorithms Want" (MIT Press). He is the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University, where he is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the Department of English. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)The announcement of Elon Musk's newest foray into the future, Neuralink, opens up a new chapter in one of humanity's long-running dreams. What Neuralink proposes (and narratives like the recently-rebooted "Ghost in the Shell" have explored for decades) is a world in which the mind can be edited like software, changing memories, beliefs or personalities at the stroke of a keyboard. But we've learned a lesson from the thickening layer of computation in our lives, turning every toaster and toothbrush into a "smart" device: be careful what you wish for in networked intelligence.