Conditioning the Moral Compass

Oct 8, 2021Philosophy/Ethics, Tech0 comments

He has no real choice, has he?
Self-interest, fear of physical pain, drove him to that grotesque act of self-abasement. Its insincerity was clearly to be seen. He ceases to be a wrongdoer. He ceases also to be a creature capable of moral choice

Burgess 1962

Manuel and Sandra are talking about the following article:
The ethics of brain–computer interfaces

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Manuel

It gets worse?

Today 11:39  

Sandra

Sure, as think about facial recognition: useful as assistive technology for the blind, bad if used for racial profiling

Today 11:40  

Manuel

Right, I see what you mean

Today 11:41   

Sandra

Also with Brain Computer Interfaces and neurostimulation: what could it be used for?

Today 11:42   

Manuel

You tell me!

Today 11:43   

Sandra

Well, have you seen or read “Clockwork Orange” ?                            

Today 11:44   

Manuel

The old Kubrick movie?

Today 11:46  

Sandra

Yes, but it’s actually based on a book by Anthony Burgess.                  

Today 11:47   

Manuel

Right, I remember the main character, Alex, being somehow conditioned, right? 😉

Today 11:48  

Sandra

That’s right: aversion therapy to block bad behaviour. Like spraying your cat when it gets on the counter.

Today 11:49   

Manuel

Ok, so like behavioursim? Pavlov’s dogs?

Today 11:50   

Sandra

Exactly. The story criticizes the attempt to “re-train” someone to be good. What if we could do that directly in the brain?

Today 11:50   

Manuel

Oh my goodness! That’s straight-up mind control! 😣

Today 11:51   

Sandra

Yep, put your tinfoil hat on. 😄                                                                

Today 11:52   

Manuel

So there actually could be a way to do that? 🤔

Today 11:52   

Sandra

It is realistic enough that people are afraid about this possibility    

Today 11:52   

Manuel

Really? 😯

Today 11:53   

Sandra

Maybe not now and not with a decade, but think about how much computers have shrunk: from room size to pocket size    

Today 11:54   

Manuel

True, I even have one on my wrist …

Today 11:54   

Sandra

So what if everyone gets a Brain-Computer Interface in 50 years because it is useful and practical … and then it gets hacked? 

Today 11:55   

Manuel

Now suddenly it doesn’t sound so unreasonable anymore …

Today 11:56   

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