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Maverick* Research: “Brain Malware” Returns to Target Wetware in the IoB (Internet of Brains)

Published: 23 July 2020

ID: G00725434

Analyst(s): Sylvain Fabre , Annette Jump


Bidirectional brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) turn the human brain into IoT devices and mean the end of security and privacy as we know them. Technology and service providers must prepare to implement robust security and adoption frameworks. Otherwise, the risks far outweigh the potential benefits.

Table Of Contents


Strategic Planning Assumptions

Maverick Research


Gartner Recommended Reading

Note 1: Roots of the Word "Maverick"

Note 2: List of Ethical Issues (Most Are Future Risks) to BMI

Note 3: Invasive Versus Noninvasive Implants

Note 4: Brains Can Be Considered Edge Devices

Note 5: Existing Academic Research on the Current and Future Possible Security Threats to the Brain as an Interface

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