Dual Use and Responsible Research: Learning about Ethical Challenges Ahead

Winter-Gladys Wanjiku and Inga Ulnicane The 2nd Human Brain Project (HBP) Curriculum Workshop ‘Research, ethics & societal impact. Dual use and responsible research: ethical challenges’ took place at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm from the 14th to the 17th of November 2018. This workshop showcased the interdisciplinary nature of not only the HBP itself, but…

Beyond Human Rights: Ethics in the age of AI and Posthumanism

Tonii Leach As the capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) develops at an exponential rate, and technology becomes ever more integrated into our lives, it is imperative that the ethics of the convergence of these subjects is considered. Whilst the possibility of the development of a general superintelligence seems remote, consideration of the ethical implications of…

Animal research ethics in the Human Brain Project: Q&A with Abdul K.H. Mohammed

Abdul Kadir H. Mohammed is Senior Professor at Linnaeus University (Sweden) and Associated at the Karolinska Institute (Sweden). He has been part of the Human Brain Project (HBP) since its start in 2013. His responsibilities at the HBP have included animal research ethics within the Ethics Support work package and organising ethics workshops within the…

Ethics-Related Data Governance in the Human Brain Project: Q&A with Tyr Fothergill

  What is the role of ethics in data governance in the Human Brain Project (HBP)? And how can awareness of data governance be raised within and outside the HBP? Our Question & Answer series with Ethics Support task leaders continues with Dr Tyr Fothergill, task leader for Ethics-Related Data Governance.   Q1: What are the aims…

International Data Transfers in the Human Brain Project

Simisola Akintoye The Human Brain Project (HBP) is a data-driven project, based on comprehensive use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and cloud technology for strategic research and theoretical studies. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regulates the processing and free movement of personal data by data controllers and processors and is directly applicable in…

Making sense of changing relationships between technology, security and society in Europe

How do new technological developments influence security in Europe? What role do drones, artificial intelligence and social media play in contemporary European society and security? And what to expect from recent trends in European Union’s (EU) security policy such as plans to fund defence research? These were some of the questions addressed at the workshop…

Compliance Management in the Human Brain Project: Q&A with William Knight

How does compliance process work in the Human Brain Project and what are the main challenges for compliance management for the next years? We continue our Question & Answer series with Ethics Support task leaders. This time it is William Knight, task leader for Compliance Management.   Q1: What are the aims of Compliance Management?…

Ethics and Neurorobotics workshop

What is neurorobotics and how does it differ from ‘classical robotics’? What are potential future developments in this field? What social and ethical questions might they pose and how do we address them? These were some of the topics discussed at the Ethics and Neurorobotics joint workshop bringing together researchers from the Human Brain Project’s…

Healthcare in the Era of Big Data: Opportunities and Challenges

Bernd Stahl I recently had the honour of being invited to contribute the conference on “Healthcare in the Era of Big Data: Opportunities and Challenges”, organised by the New York Academy of Sciences on 24 and 25 October 2018. The event brought together about 150 stakeholders from groups including academia, industry, regulators and patient representatives.…

Data Governance for Young Researchers

Tyr Fothergill As part of my work on the Human Brain Project (HBP) in the Ethics and Society Subproject (SP12), I take part in external and internal outreach events for the HBP Data Governance Working Group (DGWG), a collaborative cross-SP group dedicated to supporting innovation and infrastructure development through data governance and management. Several months…