Spokane Community Conversation Series

thank you to our series sponsor whitworth university

brain-computer interfaces: Ethical challenges and opportunities register now!
April 10, 2018

Facilitated by Kevin Measor, PhD, Gonzaga University, and Jen Wroblewski, MPH, NWABR

The ability to record brain activity and use this information to control devices like computers, wheelchairs, and brain stimulators is a goal of brain-computer interface (BCI) research.  With this new technology comes great promise to improve people’s lives, but will the introduction of BCI devices into medicine and beyond raise ethical concerns?  What brain data is private?  Will these devices lead to human enhancement? Who will have access to expensive BCI devices? Will this technology raise questions of identity and what makes us human?

Dr. Measor will guide us through a discussion of some ethical implications of this emerging neurotechnology.

DETAILS register now

When: April 10, 2018 5:45-7:45PM
Where: O'Doherty's Irish Grille at 525 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201
Parking: Paid street and lot parking at restaurant
Cost: $5 Includes discussion and first glass of beer or wine if 21+; all ages welcome
Food: Please plan on enjoying dinner or appetizers. 
Contact: Jen Wroblewski at engagement@nwabr.org and 206-957-3337

Everyone is welcome.  No science background necessary.

In partnership with Spokane Regional Health District, Gonzaga University, Whitworth University and WSU Health Sciences Spokane.

Suggested readings and resources

Ethical Issues with Brain-computer interfaces

Downloading Consciousness, Stanford

Nissan...Reads Brainwaves to Predict your Moves

Reflections on Previous Topics

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