The Challenge: Advances in Neurotechnology Outpace Governance
Any technology that records or interferes with brain activity is defined as Neurotechnology. Neurotechnology, especially when paired with artificial intelligence, has the potential to foundationally alter society. In the coming years, it will be possible to decode thought from neural activity or enhance cognitive ability by linking the brain directly to digital networks. Such innovations could challenge the very notion of what it means to be human.
New Human Rights for Modern Threats
When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948, the future challenges of Neurotechnology and Artificial Intelligence could scarcely be imagined. Consequently, there are no provisions in the human rights document to tackle new risks produced by technological innovations. Rights that were once taken for granted, such as mental privacy or cognitive autonomy, have fallen into jeopardy with the advent of neurotechnologies.
A Deontology for the Fields of Neurotechnology & AI
There are no unifying codes of ethics governing the neurotechnology field. Neurotechnologies can potentially decipher and display thoughts and intentions of individuals. Ethical guidelines will prompt researchers and practitioners to recognize personal accountability for the societal impacts of their innovations.
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NRI Director Rafael Yuste is Featured on the Tällberg Foundation Podcast
New Publication with the Chilean Library of Congress
Neurotechnologies: Connecting Human Brains to Computers and Related Ethical Challenges
Read the op-ed "Why science should revolutionize the world of politics" in El País by our Director, Dr. Rafael Yuste and IBM Research Director Dr. Darío Gil.
Scientific thinking should be elevated to the spheres of power, as was done in the past with economics and law.