Now imagine a memory treatment capable of embedding false memories in witnesses. Imagine a political system based on artificial memories, not mere low IQs, denial and greed, as it is today. You’d have a world full of political messiahs, based on a few chemicals.
Science fiction has dealt with this in depth and detail, but not in practice, and arguably, not cynically enough by half. Can you turn someone into a serial killer or assassin with a few added or subtracted memories? Can you “create” a criminal who actually believes they’re guilty of crimes they didn’t commit?
This is some of the most fantastic, genuinely useful medical research ever done. It couldn’t possibly be timelier, in terms of the epidemics of dementia and related diseases occurring today.
Let’s hope we don’t regret it tomorrow.