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This podcast's purpose is to bring together the field of neuroprosthetics/brain machine interfaces/brain implants in an understandable conversation about the current topics and breakthroughs.

We hope to replace needing to read scientific papers on new research in an easy to digest way.

People can share thoughts or ideas to facilitate 'idea sex' to make the field of brain implants a smaller and more personal space.

Nov 8, 2021

Dr Paul Tubig and Dr Darcy McCusker are graduates from the University of Washington. Dr Tubig now works at at Georgia Southern University teaching neuroethics and is teaching social and political philosophy, bioethics, neuroethics, and philosophy of disability.


Top 3 Takeaways:

  • "There have been reports and testimonies of users who have experienced a sense of depersonalization, a sense of alienation and a sense that they are no longer themselves [after using implanted neurotechnology]."
  • "It turns out that when you have an ethicist in the room, you end up asking really different kinds of questions of your participants."
  • "We do these workshops for an hour and a half and the hope really is, that it's going to spark conversations when people go back to their labs and they'll bring it up at their next lab meeting"

0:45 "Why neuroethics, why is it important?"

3:00 "You guys conduct a lot of interviews both in terms of the implantees, researchers and talk about your outreach. Do you want to talk a little bit about this? And should I be scared about my position as a podcast host?"

4:15 "What are some ethical issues that are faced with neuro ethics that's not faced in normal day-to-day ethics? Trolley problem, for example?"

8:00 "You guys have done lots of implants or neurotech users interviews. So what's the takeaways from some of these interviews?"

9:30 "How many people that are there that are affected by this kind of thing? Is it still a very rare thing?Can you count all these patients on one hand? Or are there millions and we just don't know about it?"

14:45 "Why Neuroethics? Why is it interesting to you? Why do you think it's important?"

19:45 "When you mentioned that you make a neurotechnology sound a lot like drugs and alcohol, that you basically have this like happiness lever. And so basically couldn't we just transfer everything we know about the ethics of drugs and alcohol into neurotechnology?"

21:00 "You guys are a part of a neuro ethics round table project. What is this about, what is the goal, what has been some of the outcomes?"

24:45 "Is there anything that we didn't talk about that you guys wanted to mention?"