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Monday, December 26, 2016

Changing Memories: Between Ethics and Speculation

Eric Racine and William Affleck
AMA Journal of Ethics. December 2016, Volume 18, Number 12: 1241-1248.
doi: 10.1001/journalofethics.2016.18.12.sect1-1612.


Over the past decade, a debate has emerged between those who believe that memory-modulating technologies are inherently dangerous and need to be regulated and those who believe these technologies present minimal risk and thus view concerns about their use as far-fetched and alarmist. This article tackles three questions central to this debate: (1) Do these technologies jeopardize personhood? (2) Are the risks of these technologies acceptable? (3) Do these technologies require special regulation or oversight? Although concerns about the unethical use of memory-modulating technologies are legitimate, these concerns should not override the responsible use of memory-modulating technologies in clinical contexts. Accordingly, we call for careful comparative analysis of their use on a case-by-case basis.

The article is here.