Participants included:

Dr Timothy Constandinou, Deputy Director, Centre for Bio-inspired Technology, Imperial College London

Professor Raanan Gillon, Emeritus Professor of Medical Ethics, Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health, Imperial College London

Lord Clement-Jones, Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Co-Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence

Professor David Nutt, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Brain Science, The Edmond J Safra Chair in Neuropsychopharmacology, Imperial College London

Jack Pilkington, Senior Policy Adviser, Emerging Technologies and Futures, The Royal Society

Patricia Shaw, SCL Trustee, CEO, Beyond Reach Consulting

Chris De Mauny, Senior Associate, Bird & Bird LLP

Neural interfaces are a mechanism to connect an electronic device with the brain, allowing control signals to flow bi-directionally between the brain and the device.
 
Research advances on Next Generation Neural Interfaces and brain science are now reaching the point at which microelectronic brain implants are technically & medically feasible, allowing a person (or another animal) to directly interact with a machine. The benefits to control an artificial limb or to provide brain stimulation to counter the effects of neurological disease are appealing. The potential for a machine to take control of a person is disturbing but a foreseeable potential outcome, particularly with AI in the loop.

This joint event between Friends of Imperial College and the Society for Computers and Law explored the latest research, looked at the ethical aspects of neural interfaces and found out how regulatory arrangements need to be in place through international collaboration.

The recording of this event will be on our YouTube channel shortly.

image courtesy of Imperial College London

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