Why Do Tech Companies Want to Read Our Minds? (Brain-computer interfaces, surgical implants and the end of privacy)

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We are free to think whatever we want.

From a young age, we are told that no one else can know what we are thinking. Someone can study our actions, our facial expressions and our body language, but they can never know for sure what we are thinking. Our thoughts are private and secure, and shared only with those we trust.

This gives us various abilities: the capacity to lie, to hide secrets and to present the ‘best’ version of ourselves rather than revealing everything we think, all at once. It allows us to ponder, to ruminate and to come to conclusions after brainstorming. It allows us to have bad impulses but not act on them, or to think bad things but still be good people. It is key to games like Poker. It is essential to human society.

Well, that is set to change.

Facebook has decided that big…

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