Brain-Computer Interface – four ethical priorities from the Morningside Group

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


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