The new edition of the NERRI Newsletter talks about the citizen debate “SuperMI” celebrated on November the 13th 2014 in CosmoCaixa science museum (Barcelona). NERRI (Neuro-enhancement Responsible Research and Innovation) not only publishes the story in its web, but also headlines the current Newsletter issue with this event.
The “SuperMI” wanted to know the opinion of the audience towards key topics of the NERRI project, such as its possibilities, legal limitations and social controversies. The intense debate was moderated by Vladimir de Semir and Gema Revuelta, and had the interventions of the experts: Casto Rivadulla (professor and membre of Neuroscience and motor control group of A Coruña University), Shira Knafo (researcher at Ikerbasque, biophysics unit), Anna Mura (researcher at SPECS group from Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Aureli Soria-Frisch (project coordinator and senior research engineer at Starlab) and Carmen Casado (lawyer specialized in ICT).
Via an automatic and anonymous voting system, the audience opinion could be gathered directly during the session – “SuperMI” was not just a conference to talk about neuro-enhancement, but also it wanted to find out what did the audience think about the legal, economic and social issues of its application. The event was organized by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and CosmoCaixa science museum from Obra Social “la Caixa”, with the collaboration of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT).