Mind Control–The reality of controlling the mind through brain implants and energy beams, and how BCI really works

The raging bull locked its legs mid-charge. Digging its hooves into the ground, the beast came to a halt just before it would have gored the man. Not a matador, the man in the bullring standing eye-to-eye with the panting toro was the Spanish neuroscientist José Manuel Rodriguez Delgado, in a death-defying public demonstration in 1963 of how violent behavior could be squelched by a radio-controlled brain implant. Delgado had pressed a switch on a hand-held radio transmitter to energize electrodes implanted in the bull’s brain. Remote-controlled brain implants, Delgado argued, could suppress deviant behavior to achieve a “psychocivilized society.”

Unsurprisingly, the prospect of manipulating the human mind with brain implants and radio beams ignited public fears that curtailed this line of research for decades. But now there is a resurgence using even more advanced technology. Laser beamsultrasoundelectromagnetic pulsesmild alternating and direct current stimulation and other methods now allow access to, and manipulation of, electrical activity in the brain with far more sophistication than the needlelike electrodes Delgado stabbed into brains.

Billionaires Elon Musk of Tesla and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook are leading the charge, pouring millions of dollars into developing brain-computer interface (BCI) technology. Musk says he wants to provide a “superintelligence layer” in the human brain to help protect us from artificial intelligence, and Zuckerberg reportedly wants users to upload their thoughts and emotions over the internet without the bother of typing. But fact and fiction are easily blurred in these deliberations. How does this technology actually work, and what is it capable of?

Read the full article in Quanta Magazine


  1. KH on October 13, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    This is an interesting article. The subject is too provocative for many people. I love it.

    I had a conversation with former Chief of Cyber Security for the FBI, Anthony Ferrante, about this regarding Havana Syndrome.

    He gave a remarkable lecture at the RSA Conference (series of IT security conferences. Approximately 45,000 people attend one of the conferences each year.) I think you can find it on YouTube (AI: Hacking without Humans How Can Human Brains Be Hacked)

    Ferrante is former NSA and began cyber security at the age of 10. He owns FTI Consulting. Great guy.

    THANK YOU! Great read!

  2. Doug Fields on October 14, 2021 at 8:53 am

    Current methods are very primitive. It is interesting to imagine where this technology will be in 50-100 years.

    • KH on November 24, 2021 at 12:23 pm

      Hackers use RF with Bayesian Software. It’s an interesting field.

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