Free will under siege : neurotechnological progress. Challenging the core of the human rights doctrine

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Gritsanova, Irina
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The rapid neurotechnological progress, including the advent of artificial intelligence through braincomputer interfaces, provide unprecedented insights into the human brain. While seemingly advantageous, these developments pose a significant risk to the realization of human rights. The profound influence of neurotechnology on our lives has the potential to undermine the validity and reliability of our subjective experiences, beliefs, and decisions. Additionally, in the hands of malicious actors, neurotechnology exposes individuals to new forms of manipulation and coercion by external agents or forces. The primary objective of this thesis is to initiate a rigorous academic and practical examination of the philosophical and ethical dimensions inherent in the concept of free will, which serves as the cornerstone of the human rights doctrine. By examining the practical implications and academic implications, including the potential for a paradigm shift in language, pertaining to free will and consciousness, and the corresponding notion of fundamental human rights for autonomous individuals, this research aims to investigate the ramifications of neurotechnological progress on free will and human autonomy. Key words: human rights, free will, neurotechnology, neurorights, artificial intelligence
Second semester University: University College Dublin
technological innovations, artificial intelligence, human rights, freedom of thought