4 November 2020
On 4 November 2020, the Brussels Privacy Hub and the Health and Ageing Law Lab will hold a webinar entitled "Mind reading via EEG – legal, ethical and practical matters".
Human evolution is induced and accelerated by technology. Among a wide range of areas, the human mind, as the “last and grandest biological frontier”, became a distinctive point of interest for practitioners, developers, as well as policy-makers. With the potential convergence of neuro-technologies and information technologies, interference with the human brain and the human mind exceeds the medical domain and becomes a means to facilitate well-being.
Although numerous technologies exist which are able to provide information of the brain and the mind or affect it, today electroencephalography (EEG) seem to rise above the others. The attributes of a 100-years-old neurological examination technique (with special attention to its non-invasiveness, portability, low cost, and outstanding temporal resolution) allow regular users to utilize it in various aspects of life without any scientific expertise.
EEG-based tools are used for example in meditation, education or creating immersive and emotion-adaptive ‘neuro-environments’ (e.g. MindSpaces project). The goal of this session is to discuss not only the technical obstacles such areas raise, but to delve into the legal and ethical dimension of such novel form of innovation. In particular, as our consciousness, emotions and feelings become subject to automated processing (e.g. artificial intelligence), fundamental values like human dignity, privacy, and autonomy are threatened. The session discusses the current barriers of interference (or the lack thereof) with the human brain and human mind via EEG-based tools through the following questions:
Time: 12:30 - 14:00 CEST (Brussels time)
12.30-13.30 Presentations by the panelists
13.30-14.00 Q&A with audience and concluding remarks
Speakers (in alphabetical order)
István Böröcz (VUB)
Chair and respondent (in alphabetical order)
Venue: online. The platform, together with the link to attend the event, will be communicated to the registered participants in due course.
Registration: The event is free to attend but registration is required. Should you face any difficulties with the registration form, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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