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The integrated ethics and society programme of the Human Brain Project: reflecting on an ongoing experience

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The integrated ethics and society programme of the Human Brain Project: reflecting on an ongoing experience. Christine Aicardi, Michael Reinsborough & Nikolas Rose. Journal of Responsible Innovation 
Pages 1-25 | Received 05 Dec 2016, Accepted 10 May 2017, Published online: 01 Jun 2017
The EU-funded Human Brain Project (HBP) aimed to deliver advances in brain science, cognitive neuroscience and brain-inspired computing which would have broad-ranging implications and benefit European citizens. Achieving such outcomes is dependent, in part, upon the ability of large scale research projects to anticipate potential needs and concerns of user communities as well as other stakeholders and society in general and integrate these into their research programme. While the responsibility to anticipate such needs and to address them belongs to all those directing the research programme, the HBP has a specific Subproject dedicated to researching society and ethics issues. This seeks to enable research across the HBP to better incorporate societal concerns and ethical awareness into their research design and trajectory. This article describes the structure of the Ethics & Society Subproject, reflects on our experience three years in, and considers some of the challenges in formulating and implementing such a programme for responsible research and innovation.
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