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The ghost in the machine: Legal challenges of neural interface devices

  • Kiel-Chisholm, Scott
  • Devereux, John
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2015
Queensland University of Technology ePrints Archive


Neural interface devices and the melding of mind and machine, challenge the law in determining where civil liability for injury, damage or loss should lie. The ability of the human mind to instruct and control these devices means that in a negligence action against a person with a neural interface device, determining the standard of care owed by him or her will be of paramount importance. This article considers some of the factors that may influence the court’s determination of the appropriate standard of care to be applied in this situation, leading to the conclusion that a new standard of care might evolve.

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