Could future brain implant technology make your thoughts someone else’s property?

Glenn opened Tuesday’s Glenn Beck Program with a simple question: Will the technological revolution we witness in the next decade free us or trap us? In keeping with that theme, Gary Marcus, a professor of psychology at New York University, joined the program to discuss the future of brain implants. Earlier this week, Marcus co-authored an article in the Wall Street Journal that discussed the future and ethics of brain implants, and he continued that conversation with Glenn.

Marcus explained that brain implants today could one day be what cell phones were several decades ago – available only to a selected few. But he believes that could soon change.

From the cochlear implants found in the ears of hear-impaired patients around the world to the retinal implant approved by the FDA just last year, neuroprosthetics are nothing new. Thousands of Parkinson’s patients around the world are treated through a thin electrode that is inserted into the brain through a small opening in the skull, and a wire that runs to a battery pack underneath the skin connects it. The implant sends electrical pulses deep into the brain, activating some of the pathways involved in motor control.

But not all brain implants work in this way, and that’s where future technological advances come into play. Some implants can work to read brain signals – to interpret, for example, the intentions of a paralyzed user. Neuroprosthetic systems may eventually be able to do both – read a user's desires and then sending the reading directly back to the brain.

The real question isn't so much whether something like this can be done but how and when. How many advances in material science, battery chemistry, molecular biology, tissue engineering and neuroscience will we need? Marcus explained that the science still has a ways to go, but it is imperative to have the ethical conversations regarding the potential knowledge gap that could begin to exist and who the thoughts and actions of such patients would actually belong to.

Glenn and Marcus dive into those questions and many more in the clip below:

Sen. Ted Cruz: NOBODY should be afraid of Trump's Supreme Court justice pick

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to weigh in on President Donald Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees and talk about his timely new book, "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History."

Sen. Cruz argued that, while Congressional Democrats are outraged over President Trump's chance at a third court appointment, no one on either side should be afraid of a Supreme Court justice being appointed if it's done according to the founding documents. That's why it's crucial that the GOP fills the vacant seat with a true constitutionalist.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to talk about why he believes President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider and vote on the nominee, also weighed in on another Supreme Court contender: Judge Barbara Lagoa. Lee said he would not be comfortable confirming Lagoa without learning more about her history as it pertains to upholding the U.S. Constitution.

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This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

Watch a clip from the full interview with Matthew Yglesias below:


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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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