New Human Rights to protect our Brains from Manipulation

Posted on 12. May 2017

The human-machine mind interface is just around the corner if you believe Silicon Valley these days. But neuroethicists worry the technology poses a threat to the last bastion of privacy, our innermost thoughts, and have suggested additional laws to our fundamental human rights to protect that privacy.

The researchers Marcello Ienca, a neuroethicist at the University of Basel, and Roberto Andorno, a human rights lawyer at the University of Zurich, have outlined four new human rights designed to protect us from the potential pitfalls.

Their paper cuts through the utopian futurism that has surrounded emerging neurotechnology in recent months by highlighting the potential dangers and opening up discussion on how best to tackle them.

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