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Mechanisms matter – not only in the brain

By Andreas Wolkenstein
This post is based off of a presentation given by the author at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the International Neuroethics Society.

Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs)1 are one example of emerging technologies that have rapidly advanced over the last years. And most probably, future developments will bring an enormous increase in quantity and quality of novel applications for medical and non-medical use. To illustrate this potential, just think of brain-to-brain interfaces (BTBIs)2 and potential fields of applications such as the military or communication.3,4
Advances in neuroscience and neurotechnology require an understanding of complex issues such as how the brain works, how to measure brain activity and to then transmit it securely, effectively and efficiently to electronical devices. Moreover, the science needs to be complemented by ethical reasoning about the implications neurotechnologies, such as BCIs, have. An increasing number of neuroethical articles have …

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