The idea that we are living in the age of neuro revolution, was introduced in 2009 by Zack Lynch in his book The Neuro Revolution: How Brain Science Is Changing Our World. Some developments are: An already widely used technology like deep brain stimulation. Facebook is working on technology to read thoughts through brain waves. Research into detecting truth through analyzing brain waves. In the future we might be able to detect if pedophiles have been 'cured'. There are now already companies working on neuromarketing.
What do these develops say about ourselves? Nijboer showed some pictures from movies with cyborgs: Brainstorm, Star Trek: First Contact, Avatar, X-men, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Inception. Someone suggestiond from the public were RoboCop and The Matrix.
That thinking happens in the brain, has been known for a long time. There are evidences that the Inca's already performed neurosurgery. The discovery electricity is involved in the brain was done in the eighteenth century. Three stories from present day reality:
What are usefull brain interfaces? Quote: We put our hope in technology, but we trust in nature. Nijboer told about the project Bridging the gap between ethics and neurotechnology: the case of Brain-Computer Interfaces | 2012-2016. It involved patients with progressive musculariscular diseases, high span cord injury, locked-in syndrome. The looked at worhtiness, autonomy, inclussion, safety, and self-expression. They discovered that patients found it important to express their emotions. To tech or not to tech, that's the question. What is the use of BCI when their is nobody to communicate with. What about the cyborg appearance. An example of a father who got a tattoo of cochlear implant. They organized a Neurocatwalk to open the discussion about aesthetics of devices to aid people with a diability.
Nijboer closed with the questions: Who do you want to be? Who do you want to become?