Monday, June 6, 2016

Ethical Considerations of Brain Computer Interfaces - Nanotechnology

Among other technology and techniques, intelligence organizations are using BCI's (Brain Computer Interfaces) to discredit people with COINTELPRO methods. See here, here, here, here, here, here and here for more information.

Important ethical, legal and societal issues related to brain-computer interfacing are:[104][105][106][107]
  • obtaining informed consent from people who have difficulty communicating,
  • risk/benefit analysis,
  • shared responsibility of BCI teams (e.g. how to ensure that responsible group decisions can be made),
  • the consequences of BCI technology for the quality of life of patients and their families,
  • side-effects (e.g. neurofeedback of sensorimotor rhythm training is reported to affect sleep quality),
  • personal responsibility and its possible constraints (e.g. who is responsible for erroneous actions with a neuroprosthesis),
  • issues concerning personality and personhood and its possible alteration,
  • therapeutic applications and their possible exceedance,
  • questions of research ethics that arise when progressing from animal experimentation to application in human subjects,
  • mind-reading and privacy,
  • mind-control,
  • use of the technology in advanced interrogation techniques by governmental authorities,
  • selective enhancement and social stratification.
  • communication to the media.

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