Four ethical priorities for neurotechnologies and AI

Publication/Creation Date
November 8 2017
Media Type
Journal Article
Persuasive Intent
Consider the following scenario. A paralysed man participates in a clinical trial of a brain–computer interface (BCI). A computer connected to a chip in his brain is trained to interpret the neural activity resulting from his mental rehearsals of an action. The computer generates commands that move a robotic arm. One day, the man feels frustrated with the experimental team. Later, his robotic hand crushes a cup after taking it from one of the research assistants, and hurts the assistant. Apologizing for what he says must have been a malfunction of the device, he wonders whether his frustration with the team played a part.

This scenario is hypothetical. But it illustrates some of the challenges that society might be heading towards.
HCI Platform
Location on Body

Date archived
December 5 2017
Last edited
January 30 2019
How to cite this entry
The Morningside Group. (November 8 2017). "Four ethical priorities for neurotechnologies and AI". Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science. Springer Nature Publishing. Fabric of Digital Life.