- The Washington Times - Monday, March 4, 2019

Neuroscientist Moran Cerf, Ph.D., says brain implants that he is working on with Silicon Valley may be ready within five years.

The Northwestern University professor told a local CBS affiliate this week that it is only a matter of time before men and women with artificially boosted intelligence are walking the streets — often while thinking about their fellow Americans as zoo animals.

“Are they going to say, ‘Look at this cute human, Stephen Hawking. He can do differential equations in his mind, just like a little baby with 160 IQ points,” the neuroscientist said Monday. “Isn’t it amazing? So cute. Now let’s put it back in a cage and give it bananas.’”

“Cerf is collaborating with Silicon Valley big wigs he’d rather not name,” the station reported.

He did, however, say his work aims at allowing smart-chip recipients to immediately access the Internet.

“Make it so that it has an internet connection, and goes to Wikipedia, and when I think this particular thought, it gives me the answer,” he said. “[This people will] make money by just thinking about the right investments, and we cannot; so they’re going to get richer, they’re going to get healthier, they’re going to live longer.”

The station noted that roughly 40,000 people in the U.S. already have much more limited chips implanted in their heads for medical purposes.

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