Nita Farahany's research into emerging technologies (think: AI-enabled brain-computer interfaces that connect our minds to technology) illuminates their ethical, legal and social implications.

Why you should listen

With a focus on the fields of neuroscience, genomics and artificial intelligence, Nita Farahany spends her time helping to bridge divides and foster dialogue about the emerging technologies shaping our lives. She is the Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law and Philosophy at Duke University and founding director of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, which works to advance the responsible use of science and technology. She has advocated for a new international human right to cognitive liberty that would enable human flourishing even as our brains can increasingly be tracked and hacked.

From 2010 to 2017, Farahany served as a commissioner on the US Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Since then, she has been appointed to numerous government committees and consulted for corporations as a futurist and legal ethicist, all with the aim of translating her academic research into real-world impact. She is an elected member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Law Institute, and she is an appointed commissioner for the Uniform Laws Commission. Her most recent book, The Battle for Your Brain: Defending the Right to Think Freely in the Age of Neurotechnology, deals with the promise and peril of the neurotechnology revolution and charts a framework for securing a right to self-determination over our brains and mental experiences.

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Live from TED2023

Discovering how our brains might soon get upgraded: Notes on Session 6 of TED2023

April 19, 2023

In a mind-bending Session 6 of TED2023, neurotech, mental health and breakthroughs in brain-computer interfaces took the mainstage, with seven incredible speakers sharing ideas on how our brains may soon get an upgrade. The event: Talks from Session 6 of TED2023: Possibility, hosted by TED’s head of curation Helen Walters When and where: Wednesday, April […]

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In Brief

Two TEDsters nominated for Oscars and more TED community news

February 22, 2019

As usual, the TED community is making headlines. Below, some highlights. A close look at the beauty and pain of hospice care. End Game, a short documentary that follows the last few days of terminally ill patients, is up for an Oscar this weekend. The heart-rending film highlights the work of doctors and caregivers — […]

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