Unraveling the Ethics of New Neurotechnologies

Unraveling the Ethics of New Neurotechnologies

Publication/Creation Date
July 30 2019
Nicholas Weiler (creator)
Edward Chang (contributor)
Winston Chiong (contributor)
Media Type
Persuasive Intent

In those of us lucky enough to have intact speech, the boundary between thinking and speaking is almost imperceptible. So when scientists talk about designing technology to decode the brain activity underlying speech, it is easy to think they are talking about reading people’s minds, with all the serious ethical concerns that would imply.

In reality, there is a huge gap, both scientific and technological, that makes any sinister attempt to intrude on a person’s inner thoughts virtually impossible, while decoding what they are trying to say out loud – a clinically urgent need for people with paralysis – is merely very hard.

HCI Platform
Relation to Body
Related Body Part
Marketing Keywords
Brain Initiative

Date archived
August 5 2019
Last edited
July 5 2021
How to cite this entry
Nicholas Weiler. (July 30 2019). "Unraveling the Ethics of New Neurotechnologies". University of California San Francisco. University of California, San Francisco. Fabric of Digital Life. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/Detail/objects/3990