Researchers Have Proven It’s Possible to Mind-Control Living Beings Using Optogenetics

Recently, South Korean researchers proved that it was possible to mind-control living being via optogenetics. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, optogenetics involves the use of light to control neurons and other cells, which are rendered sensitive to light via genetic modification. As a result, the basic concept was once called “far-fetched” in 1999, but technological advancement being technological advancement, what was once “far-fetched” has become something real that is to be perfectly honest, not just amazing but also more than a little bit terrifying.

In further detail, the South Korean researchers were able to produce a number of interesting results through their use of optogenetics. For example, they were able to use the techniques to turn on and turn off an interest in a particular ball in a mouse. When the interest was turned on, the mouse would chase the ball with wild abandon. In contrast, when the interest was turned off, the mouse showed no interest in the ball whatsoever. Likewise, the South Korean researchers were able to use the same technique to guide the same mouse through a maze filled with distractions, with examples ranging from a mate to mouse food. However, they were able to guide the mouse through the maze through their use of optogenetics, thus showing the extent to which they were able to override the animal’s natural instincts.

This isn’t the first time that researchers have been able to come up with a system to control an animal. For example, there was a system that controlled turtles by combining a feeder with a LED display. Likewise, there was a system that controlled cockroaches by using a system to manipulate their senses via a wireless transmitter. However, this latest example stands out because it is not reliant on sensory information coming from outside of the animal but instead manipulates its priorities.

What Are Some Potential Uses?

It is not difficult to come up with some potential uses for what optogenetics has been able to achieve through the efforts of the South Korean researchers. For example, they have stated that the techniques could increase the effectiveness of animals that are entrusted with missions that are reliant on their sense of smell by enabling them to focus on the subject of their missions rather than other factors. One potential use would be animals who are entrusted with sniffing out drugs at airports and other transportation hubs, while another potential use would be animals who are entrusted with finding survivors when disasters strike.

However, if optogenetics can help animals focus on a particular thing, it is not unreasonable to speculate that it could help optogenetics could help humans focus on a particular thing as well. This would be huge because there are a lot of people who struggle with a lot of issues because of their inability to focus on something that they should be focusing on instead of getting distracted by whatever it is that manages to catch their interest for the moment. One example might be helping people focus more on either their work or their studies, while another example might be helping people avoid the temptation to snack instead of curbing their caloric intake for the sake of their personal health.

Further Considerations

Of course, if optogenetics can be used in this manner, it is not difficult to imagine a future in which it and other techniques are used for much darker ends. After all, technological advancement opens up new possibilities, but it is inevitable that while some of these possibilities will be beneficial in nature, others will be much less so. For that matter, the fact that such techniques can be used to influence the minds of living beings in such a manner can be more than a little troubling from a philosophical perspective, seeing how this suggests that the mind can be changed on a fundamental level through physical means.

Fortunately, that sort of thing is still far off in the future, meaning that it is far too premature to panic about the implications of such techniques. Still, considering the progress that is being made, it is not unreasonable to start discussing the potential issues sooner rather than later.


Add Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Louis Bacon
20 Things You Didn’t Know About Louis Moore Bacon
Afya Limited
20 Things You Didn’t Know About Afya Limited
Bruce Kovner
20 Things You Didn’t Know About Bruce Kovner
Zsolt Felcsuti
The 10 Richest People in Hungary
Portfolio
The Top 10 Mutual Funds by 10 Year Performance
Navy Federal Credit Card
The 10 Best Credit Cards for Military Members
cryptocurrency
The 10 Most Valuable Cryptocurrencies in the World
The 10 Best Credit Cards for Small Businesses
solar panels
The Five Best Solar Panel Companies Based on Efficiency
airpods
Why Are AirPods So Expensive? Here’s The Answer
Computer Virus
The 10 Worst Computer Viruses of All-Time
printer ink
Why is Printer Ink So Expensive? Here’s the Answer
Florida U.S. 1
The 20 Worst Roads in America in 2019
The Top 10 Golf Courses in Orlando, Florida
Why The Private Suite at LAX is the Ultimate Airport Experience
THE PHOENICIAN GOLF CLUB
The Top 10 Golf Courses in Scottsdale, Arizona
The Porsche 911 Carrera RS
10 of the Best Porsche Carrera Models of All Time
Ferrari Testarossa
10 Best Ferrari Testarossa Models of All-Time
1982 Porsche 944
The Five Best Porsche 944 Models of All-Time
Ferrari Portofino
10 Things You’ll Love About the Ferrari Portofino
A Closer Look at the Hublot Bigger Bang
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition Le Petit Prince
A Closer Look at the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition Le Petit Prince
A Closer Look at the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon
Time Traveling: The Hublot Classic Fusion Zirconium