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Episode #27 - Gilbert on the Ethics of Predictive Brain Implants

In this episode I am joined by Frédéric Gilbert. Frédéric is a philosopher and bioethicist who is affiliated with quite a number of universities and research institutes around the world. He is currently a Scientist Fellow at the University of Washington (UW), in Seattle, US but has a concomitant appointment with the Department of Medicine, at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. On top of that he is an ARC DECRA Research Fellow, at the University of Tasmania, Australia. We talk about the ethics of predictive brain implants.You can download the episode here or listen below. You can also subscribe on Stitcher or iTunes (the RSS feed is here). Show Notes0:00 - Introduction1:50 - What is a predictive brain implant?5:20 - What are we currently using predictive brain implants for?7:40 - The three types of predictive brain implant16:30 - Medical issues around brain implants18:45 - Predictive brain implants and autonomy22:40 - The effect of advisory implants on autonomy35:20 - The effect of automated implants...

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