Neurotechnology & Freedom The Industrial Revolution, the rise of science and the technological inventions of the twentieth century allowed humanity to move freely and quickly around the planet and even to explore space. Computer technology led us to globalization, and then divided us again. Every new technology gradually changes our lifestyles, affects our preferences, habits, and even life values. Another driving force that transforms our everyday life is neuroscience. On the one hand, the achievements of cognitive sciences and advanced computer technologies allow us to expand the capabilities of people with disabilities, they help in the study and treatment of rare diseases, on the other — they can influence a person's choice, decision-making. Together with experts, researchers and artists, we will try to understand these issues and discuss the problem areas that arise as a result of the movement of humanity in the wake of technological progress. We'd like to discuss: How will the new neurotechnologies affect the public sphere, culture, politics and economy? How legal and ethical issues are governed in neuroscience? Should we develop new rules for users, developers and companies engaged in neurotechnology, to ensure that people have their basic rights and freedoms?
"Philosophers do not give us a definitive answer to the question “Are we free in our decisions?"Scientists are increasingly scaring us with technologies that can restrict our freedom. The time has come to understand and stop being afraid of this complex topic."
"Some experiments recently conducted by neuroscientists seem to support the thesis of free will as an illusion. I claim that these experiments neither prove nor reject the existence of free will, because contemporary neuroscience confuses the notions of free will and free action."
"As biophysiological tools and data are increasingly permeating people's everyday lives, neuroscientists should be mindful about possible societal implications of their research."
"With the extraordinary development of brain-computer interfaces, the mankind is faced with the challenge: will the human beings maintain their presumably unique abilities, or will they adhere to the new technologies that interface to the brain directly to obtain the best-quality communication channel with external devices and the other brains — the endeavor that could artificially augment the brain function."