Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Episode #27 - Gilbert on the Ethics of Predictive Brain Implants


In this episode I am joined by Frédéric Gilbert. Frédéric is a philosopher and bioethicist who is affiliated with quite a number of universities and research institutes around the world. He is currently a Scientist Fellow at the University of Washington (UW), in Seattle, US but has a concomitant appointment with the Department of Medicine, at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. On top of that he is an ARC DECRA Research Fellow, at the University of Tasmania, Australia. We talk about the ethics of predictive brain implants.

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Show Notes

  • 0:00 - Introduction
  • 1:50 - What is a predictive brain implant?
  • 5:20 - What are we currently using predictive brain implants for?
  • 7:40 - The three types of predictive brain implant
  • 16:30 - Medical issues around brain implants
  • 18:45 - Predictive brain implants and autonomy
  • 22:40 - The effect of advisory implants on autonomy
  • 35:20 - The effect of automated implants on autonomy
  • 38:17 - Empirical findings on the experiences of patients
  • 47:00 - Possible future uses of PBIs
  • 51:25 - Dangers of speculative neuroethics

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