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By Eran Klein
University of Washington 

Helping or hacking? Engineers and ethicists must work together on brain-computer interface technology


(THE CONVERSATION) In the 1995 film “Batman Forever,” the Riddler used 3-D television to secretly access viewers’ most personal thoughts in his hunt for Batman’s true identity. By 2011, the metrics company Nielsen had acquired Neurofocus and had created a “consumer neuroscience” division that uses integrated conscious and unconscious data to track customer decision-making habits. What was once a nefarious scheme in a Hollywood blockbuster seems poised to become a reality.

Recent announcements by Elon Muskand Facebook about brain-computer interface (BCI) technology are just the l...

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