Brain-Computer interfaces: from research to consumer products
Brain-computer interfaces have recently made its way into a consumer setting where it could potentially reach new areas of impact. This dissertation addresses the question of how this change in setting impact the experience of the ethical concerns in researchers and consumer innovators. The concept of responsible research and innovation is a novel attempt at expanding the discussion of ethics to both research and innovation. This thesis argues that research settings and consumer innovation settings have different experiences of ethical concerns, which makes this combination a challenge. This thesis also argues that the brain-computer interface discourse has challenges when discussing ethical because they are not often explicitly addressing the nuances in experience there is between different settings. This dissertation contributes to the understanding of what these differences in understanding are and shows that significant changes can be made to reduce the gap between the two settings. This is done with the usage of the AREA which gives a broad understanding of how the ethical concerns are experienced in the two settings. By describing the nuances in the experience of ethical concerns in the two settings, this thesis discusses the impact on both the brain-computer interface discourse as well as the responsible research and innovation discourse.
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