Mind-reading tech ‘must include neurodivergent people to avoid bias’

  • June 7, 2023
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UK data watchdog says science of monitoring brain and nervous system is expanding fast but holds ‘real danger’ of discrimination

Mind-reading technologies pose a “real danger” of discrimination and bias, the Information Commissioner’s Office has warned, as it develops specific guidance for companies working in the sci-fi field of neurodata.

The use of technology to monitor information coming directly from the brain and nervous system “will become widespread over the next decade”, the ICO said, as it moves from a highly regulated medical advancement to a more general purpose technology. It is already being explored for potential applications in personal wellbeing, sport and marketing, and even for workplace monitoring.

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