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How can we ensure responsible neurorobotics?

Neurorobotics exists at the intersection of neuroscience and robotics. Some of the ethical concerns raised by the technology are inherited by its parent(s). Worker safety, systems reliability, and unconscious biases, to name a few. But with new technology comes new ethical and social challenges. A recent publication offers an important first step towards responsible neurorobotics.…

What is intelligence? Theoretical contributions to AI ethics from the Human Brain Project

Several European projects are contributing tools for applied AI ethics. A recent paper in Science and Engineering Ethics from the Human Brain Project suggests that that ethical reflection on the practical aspects of artificial intelligence requires theoretical reflection and clarification of key concepts: What is intelligence? And how do we make the distincition between natural…

Recommendations for European AI strategy

Engagement with publics and expert stakeholders is part of the Human Brain project’s approach to responsible research and innovation. One outcome of the work is seven recommendations for the European Commission’s whitepaper on AI from the Danish Board of Technology Foundation. The recommendations are based on input from experts in law, ethics, social science, economy…

Ethics & RRI @ HBP Open Day and Summit 2020

Last week from 2nd to 6th February the Human Brain Project’s (HBP) Ethics Support team was at the HBP Open Day and Summit 2020 in Athens, Greece. These events provided great opportunities to reflect on the work done in the previous seven years of the HBP and plan the remaining three years of the project…

Global Harmonization of Neurodata Sharing, Standards and Governance

Damian Eke On 12-13 January 2020, representatives from the major brain initiatives came together for the International Brain Initiative’s (IBI) Data Standards and Sharing Roundtable, in Tokyo, Japan. This was an initial opportunity to understand the best approaches of harmonizing brain data standards, governance and sharing and was organized by IBI Data Standards and Sharing…

‘Healthy AI’ at MozFest 2019

George Ogoh The theme of the Mozila Festival (MozFest) for 2019 was ‘Healthy AI’. MozFest is an eventful gathering of people interested in discussing topics related to a healthier internet. This year was the 10th anniversary and the events took place in London from 21 to 27 October 2019. The theme of ‘healthy AI’ was…

PhD opportunities in ethics of research infrastructures, AI & data

Would you like to join the HBP Ethics Support team to be a research assistant and do your PhD? We currently have two positions open. Application deadline is 9 January and you can read the advertisement and apply for these positions here. Successful applicants will join the interdisciplinary and international HBP team at the Centre…

How does Ethics Support in the Human Brain Project work?

How does the Ethics Support work package in the Human Brain Project (HBP) work? What are the aims and main activities of Ethics Support? Who are our main collaborators within and outside the HBP? What are future challenges for Ethics Support?  To answer these and other questions and facilitate exchange of information and ideas on…

BREXIT and Data Protection in the Human Brain Project

Simisola Akintoye In the aftermath of the United Kingdom’s (UK) intention to withdraw from the European Union (EU) pursuant to Article 50 of the EU Treaty, all EU primary and secondary law will cease to apply in the UK from 31 October 2019, 00:00 (CET) (‘The Withdrawal Date’). In view of the considerable uncertainties around…

Engaging Scientists in Ethics

Pelumi Obasaju is a neuroscience PhD candidate with the Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP). This summer from July-September, she spent three months with the Human Brain Project (HBP) Ethics Support Team at De Montfort University (Leicester, UK) as part of a non-laboratory work experience element of training known as PIPS – Professional Internships for…