As part of a large citizen consultation the Human Brain Project carried out an online survey on possible dual use of HBP research and of neuroscience in general in the autumn of 2017. The purpose of the online survey was to investigate how the public view the possible dilemmas related to dual use of neuroscience to provide recommendations to the research communities, particularly the HBP researchers and managers, and to provide insights into the societal concerns, needs, and aspirations connected to their work. The issues presented in the survey include the future uses of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Brain-Computer Interfaces in the fields of medicine and neuroscience. The survey was promoted in ten European countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, and Slovakia, and more than 2000 citizens participated.
Outcomes of the online survey:
The results of the online will be represented in a forthcoming newsletter and the official Opinion from the Ethics & Society subproject. The data processing and analysis is still in progress, but the results are expected to be published in March 2018.
The online survey is accompanied by eight face-to-face citizen consultations. Five of these were held in November 2017 in Denmark, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Slovakia., and three more were arranged in February and March 2018 in UK, Lithuania, and Malta.