Framework for neuroethics proposed

"Would You Mind?" a Tech Central Station column by Foresight Institute Director Glenn Harlan Reynolds, proposes a framework for thinking about issues related to developing capabilities to manipulate brains — something sure to come with advanced nanotechnology. He distinguishes three different technologies and their problems: mind-reading, mind-control, and mind-copying/mind-editing. "Each of these categories raises questions of its own, and we're likely to run into these problems more or less in this order, with problems of 'mind reading' arising before problems of mind control or mind copying. It's important that we think about them now — while we're still sure that the thoughts we're thinking are our own."

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