The Hybrid Mind | Ethics and Regulation of Intelligent Neuroprostheses

AMERON Berlin ABION Spreebogen Waterside
09:00 till 19:00 o'clock
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AMERON Berlin ABION Spreebogen Waterside

Alt-Moabit 99

10559 Berlin


Intelligent neuroprostheses are a type of medical device that are implanted or attached to the nervous system to help, replace or modify a range of human sensory, motor, cognitive, and affective functions. These devices are designed to interpret neural signals and respond with feedback, including electrical stimulation to activate or suppress neural activity in specific areas of the brain or nervous system. They can be used to restore movement in paralyzed individuals, improve sensation in patients with nerve damage, control seizures in epileptic patients, and even regulate mood and emotions in individuals with mental health disorders.


What sets intelligent neuroprostheses apart from other types of neuroprostheses is their ability to incorporate Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms to improve the functionality and adaptability of the device over time. With AI, neuroprostheses can learn from the user's behavior, preferences, and responses, allowing the device to make adjustments that optimize its performance without requiring active input from the user. This capability makes these devices highly promising for improving patient outcomes and quality of life, but it also raises ethical, legal, and regulatory issues that need to be carefully considered and addressed.

In this interdisciplinary conference, we will bring together researchers, healthcare professionals, policymakers, and other stakeholders to discuss ethical and legal implications of integrating AI with the human brain and mind and identify key ethical considerations that need to be addressed in the development and deployment of intelligent neuroprostheses. The event will contribute to the development of a comprehensive ethical and regulatory framework for intelligent neuroprostheses that balances the potential benefits of this technology with the need to ensure patient safety, privacy, and autonomy, and ensure that these devices are developed and used in ways that are ethical, responsible, and beneficial for all.


State-of-the-art Neurotechnologies and Responsible Innovation
Regulation of Intelligent Neuroprotheses and Brain-Computer Interfaces
Normative Dimensions of Neurotechnology & Ethical Implications


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