There's a lot of talk about the technology of cognitive enhancement. But what of the ethical and legal implications of enhancing one's brain? Institute for the Future distinguished fellow Jamais Cascio has come up with a list of guidelines he calls Magna Cortica v0.1.
1. The right to self-knowledge
2. The right to self-modification
3. The right to refuse modification
4. The right to modify/refuse to modify your children
5. The right to know who has been modified
As explained in The Atlantic, the five guidelines Cascio lists are intended as a starting point for a deeper discussion about what happens as the technology develops. I like that the list makes choosing not to modify as important as being able to modify. Yes, my first world privilege is showing since brain enhancement technology won't be evenly distributed.