Minds and Machines

, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 775–785 | Cite as

Killer Robot Arms: A Case-Study in Brain–Computer Interfaces and Intentional Acts

  • David GurneyEmail author


I use a hypothetical case study of a woman who replaces here biological arms with prostheses controlled through a brain–computer interface the explore how a BCI might interpret and misinterpret intentions. I define pre-veto intentions and post-veto intentions and argue that a failure of a BCI to differentiate between the two could lead to some troubling legal and ethical problems.


Brain–computer interface Veto Intentions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.James E. Rogers College of LawUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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