Neuro-enhancement is a never-ending source of inspiration for science fiction writers. Not only movies, like “Limitless”, can provide a description of an imaginary future where neuro-enhancement technologies are widespread but also books.
When we talk about neuro-enhancement we think about a variety of improvements that can be made to the human body and brain: an enhanced sensory system, a brain made sharper, new ways of communicating between humans and a lot more. These alterations are all taken in consideration by Ramez Naam in his book “Nexus”.
Ramez Naam is an American science fiction writer originating from Egypt. After having worked for more than a decade at Microsoft™ he started writing books, science fiction novels and also more technical essays.
“Nexus” deals directly with the topic of neuro-enhancement. As described by the author of the book everything takes place in an imaginary future where Nexus, an illegal nano-drug that can link humans together, is available. Who is responsible for the use of that drug? What are the risks linked to it? Coercion, political instability and what else? Ramez Naam describes a future where science is also seen as a real danger and not only as an opportunity to improve life quality. The book raises a lot of ethical, social and economical issues that are also common to what is being noticed by the NERRI consortium during the interviews with stakeholders.
“Nexus” is a jump in one of the possible futures for neuroscience and neuro-enhancement technologies. Let us see what will actually happen.