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Ethics of Consumer Neurotechnology

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

4:00 PM-5:30 PM

BIOMED Seminar


Ethics of Consumer Neurotechnology

Anna Wexler, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Recent years have seen increasing investment in consumer neurotechnology products and applications. Associated media coverage has focused on the potential for accurate, mind-reading devices to be a near-term reality. In this talk I will highlight recent developments in consumer neurotechnology and argue that there are reasons why we should maintain a healthy dose of skepticism about its future. I will suggest that this skepticism can inform how we prioritize our consideration of ethical issues, and I will highlight salient ethical issues that present current and future challenges.
Anna Wexler, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wexler is the principal investigator of the Wexler Lab, where she studies the ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding emerging technology, with a particular focus on neurotechnology and neuroscience applications, do-it-yourself medicine, and direct-to-consumer health products.

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