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Kosal speaks at Royal Society on Neuroscience, Conflict, and Security
Royal Society ~ London (May 16, 2011) —
Assistant Professor Margaret E. Kosal speaks at Royal Society, London on Neuroscience, Conflict, and Security.
Nunn School Assistant Professor Margaret E. Kosal spoke at The Royal Society in London on Thursday, 12 May 2011 on “Security Implications of Cognitive Neuroscience Research". She was part of an international workshop to investigate developments in neuroscience and their implications for society and public policy - Brain Waves Project.
The dual use nature of advances in neuroscience and related technologies (as with other areas of science and technology) means they may be used for harmful as well as beneficial purposes. Current military interest includes techniques to enhance, manipulate, or degrade brain function and human performance, including the development of new weapons. These applications raise significant legal, ethical and human rights issues at the domestic and international level, and associated decisions for policy, particularly in relation to existing arms control treaties. The high-level roundtable workshop brought together experimental scientists, engineers, and medical specialists along with social scientists and legal scholars. The technical sessions focused on neuropharmacology, functional neuroimaging, and the mind-machine interface (i.e., neural interfaces and brain computer interfaces). Other sessions, including the one at which Kosal spoke, covered the policy, legal, ethical, and dual use issues.
Margaret E. Kosal's Bio
The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the nation's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities, Georgia Tech's more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.