Notes from the Electronic Cottage 12/16/21: Brain-Computer Interfaces

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

The Future of Privacy Forum, in conjunction with IBM, released a report in November 2021 entitled: “Privacy and the Connected Mind: Understanding the Data Flows and Privacy Risks of Brain-Computer Interfaces.” Although the most extreme cases – for example, reading a person’s thoughts from outside the person’s mind or body – may be a few decades away, it may be worth our while to start thinking about the issues such tech will bring up before it actually arrives. After all, the future has a way of becoming the present, often before we expect it. We’d be wise to be ready for this future whenever it arrives.

About the host:
Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon’s words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station’s sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage.