At the intersection of neuroscience and artificial intelligence lies a wealth of opportunity for business, labor, and society at large. Yet along with progress comes a host of ethical dilemmas. As a leading scholar and neuro-ethicist, Nita Farahany considers what our neurological information is worth, and the implications of making it available to corporations, work places and government, which she will discuss as the closing presenter of the Chautauqua Lecture Series’ Week Eight theme of “The Human Brain.”
The founding director of The Duke Initiative for Science & Society, chair of the Duke master's program in bioethics and science policy, and principal investigator of SLAPLAB, Farahany is at the forefront of the technology and ethics of wearable devices that use our biological and neurological data. Like devices that inform people with epilepsy when they’re about to have a seizure, these “mind-reading” technologies will change everything from medicine, to marketing, to the processes of justice, to entertainment. Previously, Farahany was the Leah Kaplan Visiting Professor of Human Rights at Stanford Law School.
President Barack Obama also appointed Farahany to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, where she served for seven years. She is the president-elect and a board member of the International Neuroethics Society, and co-founder and co-editor-in-chief and of the Journal of Law and the Biosciences.
Farahany received her AB in genetics, cell, and developmental biology at Dartmouth College, a JD and MA from Duke University, as well as a PhD in philosophy. She also holds an ALM in biology from Harvard University.
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