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The potential for 'dehumanization' may be the greatest, most difficult challenge facing policymakers and society as a whole. Beyond threats to security, rights and privacy, the emerging neurotechnologies ? thought-controlled prosthetics, deep-brain stimulation, 'mind reading' and the like ? may call into question our very conception of what it means to be human.

How will we view ourselves when our rational faculties, the faculties we cherish as the source of our humanity, are wired to machines, perhaps even enhanced or controlled by machines? How will this affect our society, our politics, and our economic systems? How will governments respond, if at all? Only the future will tell.

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