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Philosophies 2017, 2(1), 6;

Law, Cyborgs, and Technologically Enhanced Brains

Professor Emeritus, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98105, USA
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Academic Editor: Jordi Vallverdú
Received: 12 October 2016 / Revised: 16 January 2017 / Accepted: 8 February 2017 / Published: 17 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cyberphenomenology: Technominds Revolution)
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As we become more and more enhanced with cyborg technology, significant issues of law and policy are raised. For example, as cyborg devices implanted within the body create a class of people with enhanced motor and computational abilities, how should the law and policy respond when the abilities of such people surpass those of the general population? And what basic human and legal rights should be afforded to people equipped with cyborg technology as they become more machine and less biology? As other issues of importance, if a neuroprosthetic device is accessed by a third party and done to edit one’s memory or to plant a new memory in one’s mind, or even to place an ad for a commercial product in one’s consciousness, should there be a law of cognitive liberty or of “neuro-advertising” that applies? This paper discusses laws and statutes enacted across several jurisdictions which apply to cyborg technologies with a particular emphasis on legal doctrine which relates to neuroprosthetic devices. View Full-Text
Keywords: cyborg; enhancement technology; neuroprosthesis; patent law; copyright law; cognitive liberty; international law cyborg; enhancement technology; neuroprosthesis; patent law; copyright law; cognitive liberty; international law

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