Policy, Identity, and Neurotechnology: The Neuroethics of Brain-Computer Interfaces (Advances in Neuroethics) (Hardcover)
In this volume the authors explore the landscape of thought on the ethical and policy implications of Brain Computer Interface (BCI) technology. BCI technology is a promising and rapidly advancing research area. Recent developments in the technology, based on animal and human studies, allow for the restoration and potential augmentation of faculties of perception and physical movement, and even the transfer of information between brains. Brain activity can be interpreted through both invasive and non-invasive monitoring devices, allowing for novel, therapeutic solutions for individuals with disabilities and for other non-medical applications. However, a number of ethical and policy issues have been identified from the use of BCI technology, with the potential for near-future advancements in the technology to raise unique new ethical and policy questions that society has never grappled with before.
The volume has three parts: 1) Past, Present and Future of BCI technology, 2) Ethical and Philosophical Issues and 3) Legal and Policy Implications. The rich and detailed picture of the field of BCI ethics with contributors from various fields and backgrounds, from academia and from the commercial sphere may serve as an introductory textbook into the neuroethics of BCI, or as a resource for neuroscientists, engineers, and medical practitioners to gain additional insight into the ethical and policy implications of their work.
Veljko Dubljevic, Ph.D., D.Phil., is a University Faculty Scholar and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Science, Technology & Society at NC State University, and leads the NeuroComputational Ethics Research Group. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Neuroethics Society, Editor of American Journal of Bioethics - Neuroscience, recipient of a NSF CAREER award, and has published extensively in neuroethics, neurophilosophy and ethics of AI. Allen Coin, MA, works as a Web Strategist at NC State University, where he is also an Associate Member of the NeuroComputational Ethics Research Group. He currently holds a master's degree focused on Science, Technology, and Society (STS) and his research interests are in the ethical and societal implications of emerging technologies, particularly neurotechnology and AI. Under the guidance of Dr. Dubljevic, Coin has published a number of papers on BCIs as the lead author.