NeuroRights Initiative

     

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. The work of the NRI is based on three seminal articles, "Four ethical priorities for neurotechnologies and AI", "Towards new human rights in the age of neuroscience and neurotechnology",  "It's Time for Neuro-Rights" and "Recommendations for Responsible Development and Application of Neurotechnologies". Read them below.

 

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.

 

Recent News

For the first time in history, the Constitution of Chile will now acknowledge and protect mental integrity in light of the current advances in Neur

A new article in the winter 2021 issue of Horizons (Journal of International Relations and Sustainable Development) explaining the state of Neurote

"Should a person who commits an assault during a psychotic episode be allowed to avoid jail if they agree to have a brain implant that controls the

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