Celeste Solumn On James Giordano’s New Toolkit

Celeste Solum

Dr. James Giordano Bio: Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington D.C., Chief of Neuroethics Studies Program and Co-Director, O’Neil Pelligrino Center of Brain Science, has served on Joint Staff of the Pentagon, and is Head of the European Union Human Brain Project.

From the Lecture by Dr. James Giordano:

“We are trying to balance the relative goods of scientific advancement with the relative burdens, risks, and harms and potential areas of dual-use that could be employed and how those affect National Security and Defense.”

“Some think that the last sanctified space is that of… consciousness. And you are using this stuff to invade that? You’re right. There is an ethical argument there. Is this more or less harmful than other means of information extraction?”

“We need to debate this. This forces us to set parameters and limits. We ask: Can we use this? The answer is yes. Also, we ask: should we use this? If the answer appears to be yes, then the far more important question is really how, when and under what circumstances?

“Is it possible to use these techniques for information acquisition? The short answer is yes. The long answer is how, when, why…. There’s not necessarily a definitive answer.”

Watch the video and decide for yourself.

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