The Morningside Group is a collaboration of neuroscientists, neurotechnologists, clinicians, ethicists and machine-intelligence engineers. It includes representatives from Google and Kernel (a neurotechnology start-up in Los Angeles, California); from international brain projects; and from research centres in the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, China, Japan and Australia.
Last May the group gathered at a NSF-sponsored workshop in New York to discuss the ethics of neurotechnologies and machine intelligence.
Brain Computer Interface – BCI – is developing rapidly, and this group asserts that existing ethics guidelines are insufficient.
On foot of May’s workshop, the group has laid out recommendations relating to four areas of concern: privacy and consent; agency and identity; augmentation; and bias.
The recommendations are published in Nature this month