Your emphasis on the potential risks and rewards, and the necessity of understanding the context of such enhancements, is a crucial point. I'm curious about your thoughts on the role of informed consent in this context. As cognitive enhancement becomes more prevalent, how do we ensure individuals fully understand the implications of their choices?

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That's a really great question. Rather than mere legal mechanisms, "consent" and "informed" will be features of the medium itself. Dangers like "consent capture" or "informed bypass" will be real possibilites, so any consent system would need to somehow operate outside of the enhancement and validate only what was released and nothing more.

It also points to the types of resistance that will prevent hivemind take-offs, and how different societies could have different levels of adoption based on their willingness to accept consent risk (e.g. collectivist versus individualistic).

I need to give it more thought. What do you think?

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