Neuroscience and Human Rights

Can human rights principles and neuroethics become more integrated in future discourse?

During the final panel of the International Neuroethics Society (INS) annual meeting, moderator Stephen Marks, from the Harvard School of Public Health, noted the absence of the human rights framework from key literature in the neuroethics field, and challenged the panelists to address this gap and identify areas where neuroscience and human rights overlap.

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Robots as Soldiers and Caretakers

INS Robots in Society

L to R: Ronald C. Arkin, Goldie Nejat, and INS President Barbara Sahakian

The International Neuroethics Society opened its annual meeting last night at AAAS in DC with a thought-provoking public program on robots in society. Though the title conjures up images from the Terminator movies (at least for me), the two speakers avoided wading too far into a futuristic, science fiction universe, and instead focused on the impact of robots in warfare and healthcare, and the ethical considerations involved.

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Discounted Registration for Neuroethics Annual Meeting

There’s only a few days left INS Logoto register for the International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting at the discounted early-bird rate. After September 15, the price increases, so register by Monday!

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International Neuroethics Society 2014 Annual Meeting

Chelsea Ott, International Neuroethics Society Communications Manager, gives us the rundown on what to expect at this year’s International Neuroethics Society annual meeting in November in DC. Registration is open now.

Don’t miss the Annual Meeting of the International Neuroethics Society (INS) at the beautiful American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) building on November 13th and 14th—right before the Society for Neuroscience Meeting. There is a remarkable line-up of speakers and captivating topics, so be sure to check out the full agenda on our website, www.neuroethissociety.org. In addition to the panels, there are networking opportunities during breakfast, lunch, and two receptions, as well as a working group dinner on the 13th.

Remember to register before September 15th for a discounted rate! Space is limited!

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Your Brain in 2050: Closing the Gap Between Sci-Fi and Reality

wsf panel

Panel from left to right: Michael Maharbiz, Sheila Nireberg, John Donoghue, Gary Marcus, Robert Krulwich

I am a huge fan of the sci-fi genre. I have read Cat’s Cradle, Ender’s Game, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and seen movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Matrix more times than I care to say. I am drawn to these fantastical visions of the future because I love predicting what our world and our species may look like in 50 or 100 years. As I discovered last night at a World Science Festival panel discussion, “Cells to Silicon: Your Brain in 2050,” science fiction’s vision of our future is often closer to reality than we may realize.

The discussion, moderated by radio and TV journalist Robert Krulwich, included neuroscientists John P. Donoghue and Sheila Nirenberg as well as research psychologist Gary Marcus and electrical engineer and computer scientist Michael M. Maharbiz. Each of these experts is helping to close the gap between science fiction and reality.

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