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In the Face of Neurotechnology Advances, Chile Passes 'Neuro Rights' Law


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An experimental subject in a brain-to-brain communication experiment.

The Bill will now have to be signed into law by Chile's president, Sebastin Piera.

Credit: Tim Sheerman-Chase

Chile has become the first country to pass a "neuro rights" law that establishes the rights of individuals to personal identity, free will, and mental privacy.

The legislation takes aim at neurotechnology that could manipulate a person's mind.

Columbia University's Rafael Yuste said researchers have demonstrated they could implant images of things never before seen by mice into their brains, which affected their behavior.

Such experiments have raised concerns that neurotechnology could be used to record or modify people's mental data.

The law aims to protect individuals’ "neurodata" and impose limits on the analysis and modification of the contents of a person's brain.

From Agence France-Presse
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