Dr Allan McCay | Design for Criminal Law



What if someone used a brain-computer interface (BCI) to control a drone so that it flew into another person and killed them? Or if they controlled a cursor by way of BCI in order to engage in revenge porn?

These are the types of questions Dr Allan McCay looked to solve.

In a mind blowing morning Dr Allan McCay considered the question:

'how well is the criminal law placed to deal with neurobionic crime?' - for those playing at home - that’s crime committed by way of BCI.

Dr Mccay argued that the law has in the past coped with radical technological change and evolved to deal with incidents. From where criminals use their limbs, hands and feet to punch, stab or kick, to more recently controlling a cursor with a mouse.

Yet as technology continues to speed up and change - neurobionic crime may challenge the courts at a more fundamental level than the technologies that they have already responded to. After-all, they were not created with disembodied brain-drone murder and neurobionic revenge porn in mind.

After outlining some issues relating to criminal responsibility, he considered how arguments about engineering design, more specifically the software design of a BCI, might one day play out in the sentencing of a neurobionic offender.

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