We must know it will become possible in the foreseeable future?
Yes, it is possible, and it will happen but what will the consequences be?
@rslade Nice one, a bit of lateral thinking. Yes, I would agree in terms of influencing the perpetrators required outcomes via the victim, to convince to do what you want them to do. It does have contextual connections.
My thoughts on people hacking is more a direct influence on their memory, neural network, which in essence could by achieved through hypnosis or under the influence as well. But more likely to be something they are wearing, which detects electrical behaviour within the brain or is able to influence more directly a change in behaviour or desired outcome. Example: an unethical neurologist or perhaps a form of mind altering experience and not by drugs etc.
This concept is at least 50 years old. See both the MK ULTRA project at CIA, as well as other discussions on using LSD in the 1960's.
Further, the full range of influence operations trace back to Edward Bernays' book Propaganda from the 1920s and the successor commercial activities in the advertising and marketing world that we refer to as Madison Avenue here in the USA.
Yes, we can and have been hacking people for years. Adding chemistry, biochemistry, and neuroscience components as the technology progresses is just that... expected progress.
I think it actually goes back further than the 1950's. I believe the USA carried on with research that WWII and the Germans, were doing experimenting with their own troops. It looks thought most of them were on a high through the later years of WWII, from what history tells us.
However, the context I was pointing towards was the ability to influence humans beings via the use of :
Which points towards Neurosecurity, and there to techniques to malicious brain hacking intentionally, other than using drugs.
And there is an interesting issue about mental privacy as well - which may also come to asset itself as we progress.