Magna Cortica: The Ethics of Brain Augmentation

If intelligence, empathy, love, spirituality, or memories could be altered by taking a pill, implant, or even microbe, would you say yes?. Mind-enhancing drugs will be capable of manipulating our brains. They will also challenge our society’s morals, offset playing fields of business and global power, and what we consider “normal”. Futurist Jamais Cascio suggests a Magna Carta for the upcoming age of biohacking.


Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as one of their Top 100 Global Thinkers, Jamais Cascio explores the intersection of environmental dilemmas, emerging technologies, and cultural evolution, specializing in plausible scenarios of the future. Cascio is presently a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, and also serves as Senior Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. In 2009, Cascio published Hacking the Earth: Understanding the Consequences of Geoengineering. Cascio’s written work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Foreign Policy, and the New York Times, among many others. He has been featured in a variety of television programs on future issues, including National Geographic’s 2008 documentary on global warming, “Six Degrees,” and the 2010 CBC documentary “Surviving the Future.”