Neuralink Gains First-In-Human Approval as BCIs Advance Rapidly

Elon Musk’s Neuralink has received FDA approval for first-in-human studies of their brain-computer interface implant. This approval comes after multiple controversies surrounding their preclinical treatment of animal subjects. BCI technology has several concerns, including invasive surgeries, adverse effects, and implant obsolescence. While the general public will not have access to BCIs for enhancement any time soon, it is crucial to consider the impact and regulation of this technology for patients that it could greatly benefit.

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The Ethical Challenges of Neural Technology

Neural engineering is an emerging interdisciplinary field that utilizes engineering techniques to discover the function and manipulate the behavior of the human brain. Current research in neural engineering focuses on the development of treatments for neurological disorders that deplete the health of the nervous system and explores how the nervous system operates in both health and disease. Neural engineering has huge potential to relieve suffering in those who have lost functionality in their nervous systems, but the further development of this technology raises a number of ethical questions about identity, privacy, responsibility, and justice. These questions must be thoroughly addressed in order to guarantee the most responsible future development and use of neural engineering technologies.

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