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Neurotechnology and the Law

computer chip embedded into a human brain, illustration

Credit: Aleksandra Sova

As brain implants become more commonplace and may eventually be used for non-medical purposes, some experts believe they must be regulated.

Regulations should be considered "a natural next step," says Rajesh P. N. Rao, a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle with a background in computer science, engineering, and computational neuroscience, who earned his Ph.D. in artificial intelligence (AI)/computer vision, and used a postdoctoral scholarship to train in neuroscience.


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