Neuroethics of Non-primary Brain Computer Interface: Focus on Potential Military Applications
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AbstractThe field of neuroethics has had to adapt rapidly in the face of accelerating technological advancement; a particularly striking example is the realm of Brain-Computer Interface (BCI). A significant source of funding for the development of new BCI technologies has been the United States Department of Defense, and while the predominant focus has been restoration of lost function for those wounded in battle, there is also significant interest in augmentation of function to increase survivability, coordination, and lethality of US combat forces. While restoration of primary motor and sensory function (primary BCI) has been the main focus of research, there has been marked progress in interface with areas of the brain subserving memory and association. Non-Primary BCI has a different subset of potential applications, each of which also carries its own ethical considerations. Given the amount of BCI research funding coming from the Department of Defense, it is particularly important that potential military applications be examined from a neuroethical standpoint.
CitationMunyon CN (2018) Neuroethics of Non-primary Brain Computer Interface: Focus on Potential Military Applications. Front. Neurosci. 12:696. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2018.00696
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Has partFrontiers in Neuroscience, Vol. 12, Article number: 696
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