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Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs), also known as Brain Machine Interfaces, link the human brain to a device, such as a prosthetic, so that the device can be controlled by an individual’s brain activity and thoughts. Electrodes placed on the scalp or in the individual’s brain access his brain waves and decode the neural activity using machine learning algorithms. The neurological data is then converted into commands that are delivered to the external device. While this technology has been used primarily in the medical field, it is also being used in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). As the use of games built on AR and VR continues to become more widespread, and with the technologies expected to be central features of the metaverse, scrutiny of the legal, privacy, cybersecurity, and regulatory issues associated with BCIs is increasing.
Our speakers will discuss:
- What this emerging technology is and how it works (10 minutes);
- Use cases for BCIs (10 minutes);
- The laws that might apply to them and the neurological data they collect (10 minutes);
- Privacy risks associated with BCIs and the collection and use of neurological data (10 minutes);
- Cybersecurity concerns about these devices and data (10 minutes); and
- The FDA and other agencies that might regulate BCIs and neurological data (10 minutes).
Law Office of Gail Gottehrer LLC
Ronald J. Hedges
Dentons US LLP
Mechie Nkengla Ph.D.
Data Products LLC