Two studies focus on ethical aspects of brain-computer interface technologies

Brain-computer interface (BCI) technologies are no longer hypothetical, yet there are fundamental aspects of the technology that remain unaddressed by both ethicists and policy-makers. Two new papers address these issues by outlining the outstanding ethical issues, offering guidance for addressing those issues, and offering particular insight into the field of BCI tech for cognitive enhancement.

BCI technologies are devices that detect brain signals conveying intention and translates them into executable output by a computer. BCI technologies can also provide feedback to the user, reflecting whether he or she attained a goal or completed a desired action.”


Allen Coin, Graduate Student, North Carolina State University and lead author of both papers

“BCI devices can be non-invasive devices that users wear, or they can be invasive devices, which are surgically implanted,” says Veljko Dubljević, an assistant professor in NC State’s

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Studies outline key ethical questions surrounding brain-computer interface tech

Studies outline key ethical questions surrounding brain-computer interface tech
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Brain-computer interface (BCI) technologies are no longer hypothetical, yet there are fundamental aspects of the technology that remain unaddressed by both ethicists and policy-makers. Two new papers address these issues by outlining the outstanding ethical issues, offering guidance for addressing those issues, and offering particular insight into the field of BCI tech for cognitive enhancement.

“BCI technologies are devices that detect brain signals conveying intention and translates them into executable output by a computer,” says Allen Coin, a graduate student at North Carolina State University and lead author of both papers. “BCI technologies can also provide feedback to the user, reflecting whether he or she attained a goal or completed a desired action.”

“BCI devices can be non-invasive devices that users wear, or they can be invasive devices, which are surgically implanted,” says Veljko Dubljević, an assistant professor in NC State’s Science, Technology & Society program and

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Ethical shellfish and more delivered to your door through Ethical Shellfish Company’s new website

Priding itself on its hand-dived scallops and sustainable seafood, The Ethical Shellfish Company has launched a new website to showcase its fresh, ethical offerings available for delivery to Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 4:30 pm

Products now available for delivery to Edinburgh and Glasgow include Ethical Shellfish Company's much-loved hand dived king scallops.
Products now available for delivery to Edinburgh and Glasgow include Ethical Shellfish Company’s much-loved hand dived king scallops.
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PITCH DECK: Insha raises $3 million for ethical banking

  • Insha, a Berlin-based challenger banking startup, has raised $3 million in funding from Turkish payments company Param. 
  • The company was spun out of Al Baraka bank as an Islamic finance alternative with ethical banking principles. 
  • Check out Insha’s redacted pitch deck below.
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Islamic finance challenger banking proposition Insha has raised €2.5 million ($3 million) in funding from Turkish payments company Param. Insha claims it goes further than traditional Islamic finance by seeking to offer sustainable and ethical services to users. 

Islamic finance is a method of banking that abides by Islamic law, or Sharia, which forbids charging interest and gambling. The company offers a current account, debit card, and money-transfer services via its app. 

Insha, founded in 2018, is currently available in Germany with the rest of Europe, including the UK, soon to follow. The company has grown its user numbers by 300%

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Future Job: Ethical Technology Advocate

Ethical Technology Advocates are going to be mankind ‘s go betweens with a wave of robots and artificial intelligence programs which will be helping to operate our complex and connected community by 2025.

Certainly one of their crucial tasks is to negotiate the delicate relationship of ours with the robots by setting up the ethical and moral regulations to which the devices – as well as the makers of theirs – operate simply exist.

The role of theirs is going to be essential in making sure that not one of the nightmares of ours about robot world domination by chance come true. As Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, claims,’ The many critical next step in our goal of AI would be to agree on an empathic and ethical framework for its design.’

This can be 1 of our most pressing concerns as the robot revolution unfolds, says roboticist as well … Read More