A look at BCIs on the subject of Privacy

Sam, Joseph, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Earle, Joshua, EN-Engineering and Society PV-Institutional Research and Analytics, University of Virginia

The research project was a personal effort to explore the consequences on individual privacy that BCIs could have in the near future. While currently there is no device that can read your thoughts, there are many companies like NeruaLink who are looking to become one of the first to make this scientific breakthrough. And once this breakthrough happens, what are the potential social ramifications that should be considered before allowing a technology like this to become public and widely available? This project covers the very basics of what privacy is and why we value it so much, as well as what BCIs are and what they can do. Then it moves on to outline the current state of privacy for the average American, how much BCIs contribute to the undermining of privacy, and how big of an impact it could have. In doing this research, I also analyze arguments regarding if people even value or desire privacy, and how social paradigms have changed over the years that might support this idea of total transparency.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
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