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NeuroTechTO Presents: Ethical Priorities for Neurotechnology

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Dynamic Graphics Project Lab, Rm 5187, Bahen Centre for Information Technology

40 St George Street

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As we’ve seen the explosion of activity in the technology sector, we are continually discovering new ways to harness these novel resources. While some fields, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, have already been massively exploited by industry, neurotechnology has yet to reach its tipping point. Before neurotech becomes a fundamental aspect of our everyday life, serious ethical concerns must be addressed. A 2017 Nature Comment defined four particular areas of interest:

1. Privacy and consent
2. Agency and Identity
3. Augmentation
4. Bias

To delve into this issue further, NeuroTechTO is proud to be present Ethical Priorities for Neurotechnology. This event will include experts in the field outlining the future of neurotech and necessary ethical considerations, a panel discussion with questions from the audience, followed by a networking event.

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About the Speakers:

Dr. Blake Richards is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough. His research uses deep learning to examine how networks within the neocortex work and how the morphological and electrophysiological properties of different neurons help modulate the system. Dr. Richards is also a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research in the Learning in Machines and Brains Programs. For more information, please see his laboratory website.

Ariel Garten is the co-founder of InteraXon, arguably one of Toronto’s most exciting neurotech ventures. Garten and her team developed the Muse brain-sensing headband, which is used to elevate the meditation experience. InteraXon merges technology, neuroscience, art, and design; similarly, Garten is the embodiment of a polymath with a diverse background ranging from psychotherapist, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. You can view her insightful TedxToroto Talk here.

Gena Meldazy is the co-founder of the Centre for Responsible Brainwave Technologies (CeReB). The non-profit organization is focused on promoting ethical standards for consumer BCI products. In particular, the CeReB has developed important guidelines for the design & implementation of consumer EEG devices. Meldazy is also a vocal advocate for epilepsy awareness and has served as a Community Advisory Committee member for the EpLink epilepsy research program for over three years.

Serena Purdy has been a member of the CeReB for nearly five years as a core member with ethics expertise. In this role, she provides the ethical foundation for all materials and events developed through the CeReB. Purdy completed her MSc. in Bioethics and is currently working towards her PhD in Health Policy, Bioethics, and Public Health with a collaborative specialization in bioethics in conjunction with the Joint Centre for Bioethics.

Amogh Sahu is a doctoral student at Colombia University. Sahu graduated from the University of Toronto where he specialized in the philosophy of science. His expertise ranges from the philosophy of the mind to philosophical considerations surrounding computation and information systems. Sahu has given numerous talks, and written extensively, on philosophy and political economics. Additionally, he is co-host of the Symptomatic Redness podcast (a Zero Books podcast).

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