Monday, March 16, 2009

Roboetichs: interview in Corriere della Sera

A Corriere della Sera interview on the ethical implications of robotics--tn particular on the implications of neural implants that produce deep brain stimulation to treat patients with Parkinson's disease. One of the issues is that neural implants cause apathy in the patients, this changing their personality. Did patients consent to the change of personality? What is their dear ones find the 'new' personality unacceptable: are they entited to object to the implant or move a court to uninstall the implant? The topic is fashinating and opens the door for raising important questions of disability and identity.

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