The impending roll out of 5G is eagerly anticipated by many, especially the corporations that stand to reap substantial profits from it. But governments and other entities that seek to strip us of all privacy and anonymity stand to benefit most of all. We have been told repeatedly that these technologies are going to “disrupt” and transform every aspect of our lives and the world around us. But to what end?

5G infrastructure will connect all electronic devices to the internet, creating the Internet of Things and setting the stage for the Internet of Everything. Everything includes human beings, specifically, human consciousness. Many people fear we are all going to be microchipped or fitted with Elon Musk’s neural lace. Others speculate that the nano-sized particles being spraying in the skies across the planet contain metals that are accumulating in our bodies to make us conductive. After watching the fascinating video below, it occurred to me that none of these intermediaries will be necessary.

We live within an electromagnetic field. The Earth is surrounded by one. The Sun emits an electromagnetic field throughout the entire solar system. And, so do our brains, which work by neurons firing electrical signals across synapses. What we call “consciousness” appears to be, at least in part, an electromagnetic function.

5G networks operate via electromagnetic frequencies within a field. Already, our brains are affected by electromagnetic fields, such as those created by the Wi-Fi networks in our homes and even the ubiquitous digital screens we stare at during most of our waking hours.

Few people seem to be aware of or concerned about the health effects of electromagnetic radiation from the digital technologies we are exposed to. For now, we can control this to some degree by not having a wireless router in our home, not carrying a smartphone and limiting our time in front of the computer. But soon, we will lose even this small amount of control.

The levels of electromagnetic radiation emitted from these devices pale in comparison to those of 5G networks. The 5G tower outside our homes will always be on, and the plan to blanket every inch of the United States in 5G means that we will be immersed in electrosmog 24/7 whether we use IoT-compatible devices or not. The potential health impacts from this long-term exposure already have many scientists alarmed.

Will the electromagnetic fields created by 5G networks be powerful enough to tap into the electromagnetic frequencies of our brains? This would enable our thoughts—both conscious and subconscious—to be read in the same way the NSA and its partners in crime at Google and other tech companies read our emails and purportedly private online communications. In the near future, we will all be online, whether we want it or not. The ability to access human consciousness is a god-like power that no sane person would ever freely grant to anyone. But then again, no one has ever asked us if we wanted any of this, much less if we approve of it.

This is even more troubling when we consider that 5G supports two-way traffic. In addition to downloading our thoughts, there is a possibility that false memories, experiences and sensory phenomena could be “uploaded” to our consciousness. How would we ever know the difference? Consider the brain in a vat scenario commonly presented in college philosophy courses. How do we know what we perceive as real is, in fact, real?

If it were possible to hack human consciousness with 5G or some future technology, the implications for human freedom would appear exceedingly grim. Could such a technology enable the ultimate control of human beings?

Is anyone else suspicious about the relentless push to connect everything in our world using digital technologies? And why is the idea of integrating digital technologies into our bodies and brains supposed to be desirable and inevitable? Should we be tinkering with human consciousness without even really knowing what it is or how it works?

I highly recommend everyone watch this presentation by biologist and author Rupert Sheldrake and keep the above points in mind as you listen to his thought-provoking thesis.