Brain-Computer-Interfaces in their ethical, social and cultural contexts

  • Gerd Grübler
  • Elisabeth Hildt

Part of the The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology book series (ELTE, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Gerd Grübler, Elisabeth Hildt
    Pages 1-4
  3. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Rüdiger Rupp, Sonja C. Kleih, Robert Leeb, José del R. Millan, Andrea Kübler, Gernot R. Müller-Putz
      Pages 7-38
    3. Camille Chatelle, Steven Laureys, Quentin Noirhomme
      Pages 39-47
    4. Donatella Mattia, Marco Molinari
      Pages 49-59
  4. Stakeholders and Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf, Lorenzo Desideri, Massimiliano Malavasi, Matteo Rimondini, Mick Donegan
      Pages 63-75
    3. Sonja C. Kleih, Andrea Kübler
      Pages 77-84
    4. Christoph Guger, Brendan Z. Allison, Günter Edlinger
      Pages 85-98
    5. Sonja Balmer
      Pages 109-114
    6. Gerd Grübler, Elisabeth Hildt
      Pages 115-125
    7. Gerd Grübler, Elisabeth Hildt
      Pages 127-128
  5. Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Fiachra O’Brolchain, Bert Gordijn
      Pages 163-182
    3. Gerd Grübler, Elisabeth Hildt
      Pages 183-191
    4. Rutger Vlek, Jan-Philip van Acken, Evine Beursken, Linsey Roijendijk, Pim Haselager
      Pages 193-202

About this book


This volume summarizes the ethical, social and cultural contexts of interfacing brains and computers. It is intended for the interdisciplinary community of BCI stakeholders. Insofar, engineers, neuroscientists, psychologists, physicians, care-givers and also users and their relatives are concerned. For about the last twenty years brain-computer-interfaces (BCIs) have been investigated with increasing intensity and have in principle shown their potential to be useful tools in diagnostics, rehabilitation and assistive technology. The central promise of BCI technology is enabling severely impaired people in mobility, grasping, communication, and entertainment. Successful applications are for instance communication devices enabling locked-in patients in staying in contact with their environment, or prostheses enabling paralysed people in reaching and grasping. In addition to this, it serves as an introduction to the whole field of BCI for any interested reader. ​


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Editors and affiliations

  • Gerd Grübler
    • 1
  • Elisabeth Hildt
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of DresdenDresdenGermany
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of MainzMainzGermany

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