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Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities

October 21, 2019 | 12:00 pm–1:00 pm MCW_Icons_Make_An_Appointment_Green iCAL

The NeuroRights Initiative: Human Rights Guidelines for Neurotechnology and AI

Rafael Yuste, MD, PhD
Columbia University

Dr. Yuste will review the proposal that was made by the Morningside Group in 2017 to introduce five new Human Rights into the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1). These rights ("NeuroRights") will protect mental privacy, personal identity, personal agency, equal access to cognitive augmentation and protection from algorithmic biases. Dr. Yuste will also review our earlier proposal to follow a medical model, introducing a "Technocratic Oath" as a deontology in the neurotech and data industry and using existing societal mechanisms similar to those already implemented in the medical industry to regulate future development of Neurotech and AI (2). Finally, will discuss current advocacy efforts for NeuroRights in the US and different countries.

  1. Yuste, R., Goering, S. and the Morningside Alliance Group (2017). Four ethical priorities for neurotechnologies and artificial intelligence. Nature 551, 159–163; 2017.
  2. Goering, S. and Yuste, R. (2016). On the Necessity of Ethical Guidelines for Novel Neurotechnologies. Cell 167: 882-885.

Event Location

  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • 8701 Watertown Plank Road
  • Hub for Collaborative Medicine, A1015/A1035
  • Milwaukee, WI 53226
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