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Culturally shaping developing minds

Are we socially steering evolution by influencing the cultural imprints to be stored in our brains? Recent neuroscientific findings would say so. In a recent paper, Kathinka Evers discusses the potential of being ‘epigenetically proactive’ and adapting our social structures to benefit brain development. Our nervous systems develop in continuous interaction with their immediate physical…

Dual-use in neuroscience: Beyond the civil-military dichotomy

Neuroscience is one of the most promising technologies of this century, with potential for great benefits in health, technology and economy. How can we promote the benefits and minimise the harms of this powerful technology? Inga Ulnicane makes the case for involving scientists and engineers in the process of identifying the dual uses of their…

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…

The first international standard for responsible innovation in neurotechnology

How to ensure that societal benefits of neurotechnology are maximised and risks minimised? In December 2019, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) adopted the Recommendation on Responsible Innovation in Neurotechnology that provides some guidance in this respect. This is the first international standard in this domain and it aims to guide governments and…

‘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…

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…

Same, Same, or Different? New Insights with Diversity and Ethics

Juliana Nnadi The 3rd Human Brain Project (HBP) Curriculum workshop ‘Same, Same, or Different? Neuroscience, Robotics, AI and Medical Informatics: New Insights with Diversity and Ethics’ took place at the Graz University of Technology (Austria), from 26th to 27th September 2019. The two days’ workshop showcased not only the interdisciplinary nature of HBP, but also…

100+ Brilliant Women in AI & Ethics

Pelumi Obasaju At Oxford University’s first women’s college, Lady Margaret Hall, some of the most eminent women working in AI ethics gathered from all over the world. September 16th 2019 saw the materialisation of the first ‘100+ Brilliant Women in AI & Ethics’ conference;  inspired by a list put together by Mia Dand in autumn…

Responsible Data Governance of Big Neuroscience Data

William Knight Recent paper from the Human Brain Project’s (HBP) Ethics Support team members Responsible Data Governance of Big Neuroscience Data is an attempt to conceptualise an approach to data governance which implements the tenets of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) into data governance processes within international neuroscience. This paper emerges from a great deal…