Four ethical priorities for neurotechnologies and AI

Publication Date
November 8 2017
The Morningside Group (creator)
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

How to cite this entry
The Morningside Group. (November 8 2017). "Four ethical priorities for neurotechnologies and AI". Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science. Fabric of Digital Life.