Not to brag too much about my old friend, but I thought that Dr. Larriviere’s recent grand rounds on the ethics of neuroenhancement was fantastic.
Thus primed, an interview in today’s New York Times caught my eye. The interviewee is Dr. S. Matthew Liao, director of the bioethics program at NYU. He mentions neuroenhancement, but talks about a few other very interesting questions:
- Might beta blockers, given to military troops to reduce PTSD, have the unintended consequence of making them remorseless?
- If the state puts a criminal defendant in an fMRI scanner, does that violate his 5th amendment protection against self-incrimination?
- If an employer could give you a computer chip to enhance your memory, would they then be able to “take away your memories” if your employment were terminated?
It’s a very interesting piece . . .