Brain-computer interface (BCI) technologies are no longer hypothetical, yet there are fundamental aspects of the technology that remain unaddressed by both ethicists and policy-makers. Two new papers address these issues by outlining the outstanding ethical issues, offering guidance for addressing those issues, and offering particular insight into the field of BCI tech for cognitive enhancement. [Read more…] about Studies identify key ethical concerns raised by invasive and non-invasive neurotechnologies
Story description (CNN Money): Ned Sahin is founder and CEO of neurotechnology start-up Brain Power, whose tool “Empower Me” uses smart glasses like Google Glass to coach those with autism. It helps schoolchildren learn social and cognitive skills and can even guide adults through an interview process. Brain Power’s product is sold to many schools in the U.S. but may never make it to market in Switzerland [Read more…] about Debate: What are the ethics of discouraging much-needed innovation given potential privacy concerns?
A growing number of classrooms in China are equipped with artificial-intelligence cameras and brain-wave trackers. While many parents and teachers see them as tools to improve grades, they’ve become some children’s worst nightmare. Video: Crystal Tai for The Wall Street Journal.
To address growing privacy issues such as those highlighted in the video above [Read more…] about China is harnessing brain-wave trackers and artificial-intelligence to raise better (and more compliant?) students
We hope you enjoy this slidedeck supporting a great session at the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: The Future of Brain Health (March 7–9th). Full recordings are available for purchase here.
1–2.30pm. How to address privacy, ethical and regulatory issues: Examples in cognitive enhancement, depression and ADHD
- Dr. Karen Rommelfanger, Director of the Neuroethics Program at Emory University
- Dr. Anna Wexler, Assistant Professor at the Perelman School of Medicine at UPenn
- Jacqueline Studer, Senior VP and General Counsel of Akili Interactive Labs
- Chaired by: Keith Epstein, Healthcare Practice Leader at Blue Heron
“The marketing of direct-to-consumer “neurotechnologies” can be enticing: apps that diagnose a mental state, and brain devices that improve cognition or “read” one’s emotional state. However, many of these increasingly popular products aren’t fully supported by science and have little to no regulatory oversight, which poses [Read more…] about Bioethicists call for stronger oversight of direct-to-consumer neurotechnologies
The Pentagon’s Push to Program Soldiers’ Brains (The Atlantic):
“…darpa officials refer to the potential consequences of neurotechnology by invoking the acronym elsi, a term of art devised for the Human Genome Project. It stands for “ethical, legal, social implications.” The man who led the discussion on ethics among the research teams [Read more…] about Anticipating ethical implications of DARPA’s neurotechnology push