Nita Farahany (@NitaFarahany) is a law professor at Duke University; a leading expert on the ethical, legal, and social implications of emerging technologies; and the author of The Battle for Your Brain: Defending the Right to Think Freely in the Age of Neurotechnology.
What We Discuss with Nita Farahany:
- Consumer technology that can track, decode, and even manipulate what goes on in the brain is no longer just a plot device in some far-flung sci-fi novel — it’s already beginning to come to market.
- An ALS patient recently set a record for communicating through a brain implant at 62 words per minute (in comparison, ALS-afflicted physicist Stephen Hawking was only able to communicate at about 15 words per minute by the time of his death in 2018).
- Though still in its infancy, consciously transmitted brain-to-brain communication has proven successful in the laboratory.
- Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans can accurately sense political bias from subjects’ unconscious thoughts.
- Brain scans reveal that a significant percentage of coma patients who can’t speak or move are aware of the world around them and can communicate through electroencephalogram (EEG) sensors.
- And much more…
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What are the ethical, legal, and social implications of new neurotechnologies and their impact on our ability to think and make decisions? This may seem like a question for distant generations yet unborn, but many of these technologies are already on their way to market or emerging from nascency sooner rather than later.
On this episode, Duke University law professor and The Battle for Your Brain: Defending the Right to Think Freely in the Age of Neurotechnology author Nita Farahany joins us to discuss how these technologies — such as brain-computer interfaces, brain scans, and neurostimulation — have the potential to improve our lives in many ways, but they also raise concerns about privacy, autonomy, and the potential for misuse. Listen, learn, and enjoy!
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Resources from This Episode:
- The Battle for Your Brain: Defending the Right to Think Freely in the Age of Neurotechnology by Nita A. Farahany | Amazon
- Nita Farahany | Website
- Nita Farahany | Twitter
- Nita Farahany | Facebook
- Nita Farahany | Instagram
- The Most Accurate Smart Ring | Oura Ring
- Measure Alertness. Eliminate Fatigue. | SmartCap
- Inside Facebook Reality Labs: Wrist-Based interaction for the next computing platform – Tech at Meta
- EEG (Electroencephalogram) | Mayo Clinic
- What is ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)? | The ALS Association
- Breakthrough Technology for the Brain | Neuralink
- The Leader in Brain-Computer Interface Technology | Blackrock Neurotech
- An ALS Patient Set a Record Communicating through a Brain Implant: 62 Words per Minute | MIT Technology Review
- Stephen Hawking Speaks at MIT (1994) | MIT
- With BrainNet, Three People Play Tetris with Their Minds | Futurity
- Brain Scans Remarkably Good at Predicting Political Ideology | Ohio State News
- Some People Who Appear to Be in a Coma May Actually Be Conscious | Scientific American
- Better Laws. Stronger States | Uniform Law Commission
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