Neurotechnology: The Need For Neuroethicists

Laura Cabrera

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    Neurotechnology might not be as well-known as nanotechnology, but if Zack Lynch, executive director of the Neurosociety Institute is right, then it will certainly start gaining more and more attention, and could potentially become the next wave of techno-economic change (Lynch, 2004). In this paper I will argue that the ethical discussion of neurotechnology is crucial as it deals with the organ that has been considered the core of ourselves, namely the brain. In the past, a great deal of ethical reflection was dedicated to neurocognitive enhancers such as pharmaceuticals, or more recently, brain imaging techniques. However, these are only two of the different fields covered by neurotechnology. In this paper my aim is to expand the common understanding of neurotechnology and bring up different ethical issues that neurotechnology brings or could bring to the fore, arguing for the importance of ethicists working on these issues.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)56-67
    Number of pages12
    JournalAustralian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics
    Issue number1/2
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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