Q&A with Diana Bowman on responsible brain research and tech

Risk Innovation Lab Fellow Diana Bowman was interviewed by ASU Now on a workshop on ethical and responsible development of brain technologies. The workshop, co-organized by Bowman, was led by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and hosted in Washington DC by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS)

Read the full interview here.

Science and the human brain: How far is too far?
ASU professor helps international think-tank organize event to tackle this and other ethical questions
ASU Now, September 15 2015

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The complex ethics of emerging brain technologies

There’s a new “Edge of Innovation” column up on the responsible development of emerging brain technologies, over at The Conversation:

Considering ethics now before radically new brain technologies get away from us

Andrew Maynard
The Conversation, Sept 14 2016
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Imagine infusing thousands of wireless devices into your brain, and using them to both monitor its activity and directly influence its actions. It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, and for the moment it still is – but possibly not for long.

Brain research is on a roll at the moment. And as it converges with advances in science and technology more broadly, it’s transforming what we are likely to be able to achieve in the near future.

Spurring the field on is the promise of more effective treatments for debilitating neurological and psychological disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and depression. But new brain technologies will increasingly have the potential to alter how someone thinks, feels, behaves and even perceives themselves and others around them – and not necessarily in ways that are within their control or with their consent.

This is where things begin to get ethically uncomfortable.

Read more at The Conversation