Addressing the Ethical, Legal, Social, and Cultural Implications of Neurotechnology
As part of our effort to support the neuroengineering community, the IEEE Brain Neuroethics Subcommittee is developing a neuroethical framework for evaluating the ethical, legal, social, and cultural issues that may arise with the deployment of such neurotechnologies.
The goals of this framework are to:
- Describe the landscape of what we define as neurotechnologies
- Identify the ethical, legal, social, and cultural implications (ELSCI) that should be broadly considered during the research, development, clinical application, evaluation, adoption, and usage of neurotechnologies. While this framework is intended to provide particularly useful guidance for neurotechnology researchers and developers, the broad reach of ELSCI demands that all neurotech stakeholders—including device regulators, research ethics committees, scientific funding officers, clinicians, and end users—remain aware of these issues and engaged in related professional and public discourse.
IEEE Brain is in the process of developing documentation that supports this framework by providing examples of existing neurotechnologies and exploring the ethical, legal, social, and cultural issues generated by a particular neurotechnology when used in specific contexts. Below is a general introduction of the overall efforts and information on each of the working groups.
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Technologies for diagnostics or treatment of infirmity and disease including direct-to-consumer
Technologies for use in civil and criminal adjudication, as well as in the correctional context, including to detect, modify and/or surveil brain states
Military / National Security
Technologies to augment or improve the ability to fight or defend through soldier enhancement, intelligence, and/or debilitate the enemy
Seth Elkin Frankston
Courtnie Jean Paschall