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019 – Iris Coates McCall
Neurotech, Neurotech Podcast

Iris Coates McCall is a Neurotechnology Researcher at Neuroethics Canada, University of British Columbia. Iris holds a Bachelors of Arts and Science in Cognitive Science from McGill University, and a Masters of Bioethics from Johns Hopkins.

Top 3 Takeaways

  1. There are three ways to apply ethical guidance to an organization.
  2. Scientific evidence can change people’s beliefs in the credibility of a claim.
  3. The ethics of augmentative neurosurgery are unclear.

Show Notes

  • [1:00] How does Iris spend her time researching?
  • [2:00] How Iris became involved in neuroethics
  • [4:00] Neuroethics in the workplace
  • [5:05] The ethicist’s practical toolkit
  • [6:10] What kind of regulation governs consumer neurotechnology?
  • [8:50] Enforcement of regulation
  • [10:00] Impact of scientific evidence on what people believe
  • [12:45] What’s the process for translating ethics research into policy/enforcement?
  • [15:20] Do profitability and social good go hand in hand?
  • [18:00] How can ethics be adjudicated?
  • [20:00] Pragmatic neuroethics
  • [22:00] Ethics of augmentative neurosurgery
  • [25:20] Iris’s book recommendation

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