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Discuss the concerns surrounding the approval of Neuralink for humans. Examine the potential risks from the Neuralink project.

Topic: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.

5. Discuss the concerns surrounding the approval of Neuralink for humans. Examine the potential risks from the Neuralink project.  (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Indian Express

Why the question:

On May 25, the USFDA approved an implantable Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) for clinical trials in humans.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the potential risks from the Neuralink project.

Directive word: 

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly introduce Neuralink, a company founded by Elon Musk aiming to develop brain-machine interface technology.

Body:

First, explain the neuralink technology in brief.

Next, write about the potential risks associated with it – potential risks to human health, ethical considerations are discussed, including privacy concerns and the potential for misuse or manipulation of neural signals. socioeconomic divide etc.

Next, write about the need for a robust regulatory framework and oversight.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward.