If you have the choice to change something natural with your body or 'human augmentation,' will you do it? Kaspersky's study shows 63% of Europeans found this process interesting and even considering participating in the trial. Maybe Elon Musk's Neuralink idea doesn't sound insane for most people around the world. 

Most people want to 'augment' themselves

A new Kaspersky survey was published recently on the platform. It shows 63% of European countries like the idea of human augmentation. 

This concept is a field of research aiming to enhance human capability and abilities through medicine and technology.

The study, conducted by Opinium Research, polled 14,500 people from 16 European countries, including Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. 

Results show that Portugal and Spain both have the highest support for augmentation, with each 60%. Meanwhile, in Britain, France, and Switzerland, they have little positive feedback with this technology, with 25%, 32%, and 36%, respectively.

In total, 63% of the poll survey has great support for the technology. 

"Human augmentation is one of the most significant technology trends today," said Marco Preuss, European director of global research and analysis at Kaspersky, a Moscow-based cybersecurity firm.

"Augmentation enthusiasts are already testing the limits of what's possible, but we need commonly agreed [with the] standards ensure augmentation reaches its full potential while minimizing the risks," he added.

Though scientists have mixed reactions to this survey result, Elon Musk's Neuralink may see this survey as an opportunity for the company. 

Will you volunteer for Neuralink's human trials?

On Aug. 28, Neuralink presented its much-awaited demo video for its brain chip product. Led by CEO Elon Musk, the team released a video showing a pig named Gertrude, which was implanted with the said Neuralink chip.

Musk even described the chip as a "coin-shaped," that fits "like a Fitbit in your skull."

So far, the company has not yet managed to start the human trials for the brain chip. However, Musk bragged that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) already gave them a program claiming the device is a 'breakthrough,' which may also soon send feedback from the agency that human trials can be possible throughout the development process. 

Tech Times reported a series of info regarding this device. Recently, we highlighted the top five fears of the new brain chip device.

  • It could control minds - hacking is one of the possible biggest problems of Neuralink's brain chip. If experts infiltrate with your brain, this could cause flaws. 
  • It could malfunction - Just like any device or technology, the possibility for it to malfunction can also raise questions. 
  • It could make users feel superior - Since the Neuralink brain chip's idea is to enhance the human brain, the humans that will have it can feel superior, among others.
  • AI ruling the world - Is now the best time for artificial intelligence to rule the world?
  • Rich will only benefit - Having a brain chip inside your brain can cost millions of dollars, so this means the tech is not available for an average American in the neighborhood. 

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Written by Jamie Pancho 


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