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Professor Ienca (b. 1988) conducts research on the ethically sustainable development of AI systems and neurotechnologies. He uses theoretical and empirical methods to investigate the ethical, social and political implications of these technologies focusing on topics such as the brain-machine interface, the relationship between AI and human cognition, and the ethical processing of Big Data. He is known for his pioneering work on neurorights. He is the Neuroethics Lead of the International Brain Initiative and an expert advisor to the UN.

Ienca studied philosophy and cognitive science at the University of Rome, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, New York University and KU Leuven. In 2018, he completed his PhD in biomedical ethics at the University of Basel with summa cum laude honors. He then worked as a postdoc and senior researcher at ETH Zurich. In 2021, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford and founded the Intelligent Systems Ethics Group at EPFL. In 2023, Dr.Ienca was appointed to the professorship for Ethics of AI & Neuroscience at TUM.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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