Neurotech Villain Professor Moriarty: A Threat Unlike Any Other in the Era of Cutting-Edge Brain Sci
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Imagine that neurotechnologies have exploded onto the scene in recent years, and none have harnessed their power quite like the infamous Professor Moriarty. No longer just a fictional criminal mastermind in Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales, this modern-day Moriarty has taken on a whole new level of malevolence. Operating out of an underground laboratory, hidden from the world and known only to a select few, Moriarty is a brilliant neuroscientist who has dedicated his life to studying the brain and developing cutting-edge neurotechnology.
With state-of-the-art equipment and a team of the brightest minds in neuroscience at his disposal, Moriarty has created an institute unlike any other. His research ranges from developing advanced brain-computer interfaces and brain imaging techniques to manipulating brain function using optogenetics - a technique that uses light to control the activity of specific cells in the brain. By expressing light-sensitive proteins called opsins in specific cells and then using light to activate or inhibit those cells, Moriarty not only can study the functions of specific cell types, but also control somebody’s behavior and turn people into his personal pupets.
But perhaps the most terrifying aspect of this high-tech villain is his ability to enhance his own mental abilities with neurotechnology. Using a variety of techniques, including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), Moriarty has augmented his memory, intelligence, and focus to superhuman levels. TMS involves the use of a magnet to stimulate specific areas of the brain, while tDCS involves the use of a low-level electrical current to stimulate or inhibit brain activity. With these techniques,
Moriarty can reportedly remember every detail of every crime he’s ever committed, solve complex math equations in his head faster than a supercomputer, and focus on his evil plans for hours on end without distraction. His enhanced mental abilities have even given him the power to communicate with his minions without speaking a word.
With these enhanced mental abilities at his disposal, he is almost unbeatable. In fact, it’s rumored that he can even control the weather with his mind - or at least that’s what he tells his henchmen when they’re not pulling off heists fast enough for his liking. The possibilities are endless with a brain as powerful as Moriarty’s, and the world trembles at the thought of what he’ll do next.
The Blurring of Mens Rea and Actus Rea in the Age of Neurotechnology
As the world contemplates the full extent of Moriarty’s capabilities, it becomes clear that neurotechnology has the power to change the very nature of the crime. In the age of neurotechnology, the lines between criminal intent (Mens Rea) and the act itself (Actus Rea) are beginning to blur. As criminal law expert, Allan McCay points out (more about it in the Neurocareers podcast Episode #14), the use of neurotechnologies allows for the possibility of committing crimes without physically touching anything or anyone - the brain can control actions on its own. This raises the possibility that crimes have already been committed using neurotechnology that have gone undetected, as there may be no physical evidence left behind, and it may be difficult to trace the crime back to a specific individual.
The mastermind behind these potential crimes could be none other than the infamous Professor Moriarty. With his advanced knowledge of neurotechnology, he could use it to commit all sorts of heinous acts, including financial crimes like fraud and embezzlement or even manipulation of information and systems. It’s not out of the question that he could even use neurotechnology to commit physical crimes such as assault or vandalism.
While the use of neurotechnology to commit crimes is currently just a theoretical possibility, it’s not hard to imagine that Moriarty has already put these technologies to nefarious use. Some possible examples of crimes committed using neurotechnology in the world of the neurotech era could include:
· Moriarty hacks into a bank’s computer system using a neurotechnology device, transferring large sums of money into his own account without detection.
· The villain uses neurotechnology to influence the thoughts and actions of key voters, swaying the outcome of an election in his favor.
· Moriarty manipulates the memories of key witnesses using neurotechnology, altering their testimony in a court case to suit his needs.
· The criminal mastermind uses neurotechnology to remotely control the actions of a victim, forcing them to commit crimes on his behalf.
· A group of Moriarty’s accomplices uses neurotechnology devices to coordinate and carry out a physical assault on an individual, leaving no physical evidence behind.
· The Professor tampers with the systems of a self-driving car using neurotechnology, causing it to crash and potentially resulting in injury or death.
While these examples are purely fictional, they serve to illustrate the potential dangers of neurotechnology falling into the wrong hands. It’s up to the likes of Sherlock Holmes and his fellow detectives to stay one step ahead and bring these high-tech criminals to justice.
Preventing the Professor Moriarty’s of the Future: Ensuring Ethical Use of Neurotechnology
Neurotech has the power to change the world, but it’s up to us to make sure it’s used for good, not evil! Here are some ways we can keep neurotech from falling into the wrong hands:
· “Superhero rulebook”: Just like superheroes need rules to keep them in check, neurotech needs regulations to make sure it’s used ethically and responsibly. Governments and other regulatory bodies can help keep neurotech from becoming a weapon of mass destruction.
· “Brainiac boot camp”: It’s important to educate the public about the potential risks and benefits of neurotech, so we can all use it safely and ethically. Without education, we might accidentally turn ourselves into super-villains!
· “Lab rats unite”: Continued research into the potential risks and benefits of neurotech can help us understand how to use these technologies safely and effectively. It’s better to be prepared than to have a neurotech-induced apocalypse on our hands.
· “Neurotech code of conduct”: Just like a code of conduct for superheroes, ethical guidelines for neurotech use can help make sure these technologies are used in a way that aligns with our values and principles. This way, we can all be neurotech heroes, not neurotech criminals.
By following these steps, we can make sure neurotech is used for the betterment of society, not to bring about its downfall.
As the world of neurotechnology continues to advance, it’s important to remember that with great power comes great responsibility. While fictional characters like Professor Moriarty may be just that - fictional - the possibility of neurotech being misused in the future is all too real. That’s why it’s crucial that we take steps to prevent the misuse of these powerful technologies, whether through regulations and oversight or by educating the public about the potential dangers.
By being vigilant and proactive, we can ensure that neurotech is used for the betterment of society rather than becoming a tool for those with nefarious intentions. So, let’s all do our part to protect ourselves and others from the potential risks of neurotechnology - after all, it’s up to all of us to prevent the Professor Moriarty’s of the future from wreaking havoc with this powerful tech.
Korostenskaja, M. (Host), 9/4/2022, Episode 14 “Neurotechnology & Law with Allan McCay, LLB, DLP, G Dip Comm, PhD,” Audio podcast episode, Neurocareers: Doing the Impossible!, The Institute of Neuroapproaches, https://www.neuroapproaches.org/podcast/episode/27bf496d/neurotechnology-and-law-with-allan-mccay-llb-dlp-g-dip-comm-phd