The Center for Responsible Brainwave Technologies (CeReB) is dedicated to advancing the conversation on the development of ethical guidance, standards and best practices for consumer-oriented brainwave technologies. CeReB is founded on 3 core principals; reminders of our shared moral duty when creating this technology: respect for persons, concern for welfare, and justice. Our 5 pillars guide our work when creating ethical guidance documents: privacy, autonomy & agency, efficacy, safety, and transparency.
We believe that consumer-oriented brainwave technologies holds great personal, commercial, and medical potential. However the contemporary and near-future proliferation of interfaces and their associated software in the absence of a common set of safety and privacy standards, constitutes a concern that must be proactively addressed. Fostering dialogue amongst a broad diversity of perspectives, including members of the public, will give voice and agency to multiple actors. This will ensure that the issues discussed and the solutions recommended will be well-considered, meaningful, financially achievable, and effective.
Our work also explores recommendations on the design, and development, of consumer-oriented brainwave technology hardware and software. This includes:
Principle: Brainwave technology must respect the individual and his/her integrity both as a person and as a community member
Understanding of Brainwave Technology
Principle: Those developing brainwave technology have an obligation to help users understand the technology and make informed choices about why, how, and when to engage with the technology.
Clarity and Honesty Regarding Any Claims Made on Behalf of the Brainwave Technology
Principle: There is an obligation for those developing brainwave technology to be clear and honest about what is known and not known about the technology, and to make claims that are reasonable and justifiable on the basis of existing evidence.
Proactive Establishment of Ethical Frameworks
Principle: Developers must try to be cognizant of the evolution of their technology and proactively establish ethical frameworks and practices that take this evolution into account.