From cyborgs to sex robots image

Star Tribune, October 3, 2018
Richard Chin, featuring Francis X. Shen (Senior Fellow)


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Francis Shen spends a lot of time thinking about transhuman cyborgs, brain-wave lie detectors, sex robots and terrorists hacking into devices implanted in our heads.

And, no, he’s not a science fiction writer. He’s a neurolawyer.

More precisely, he’s a University of Minnesota law school professor and expert in the emerging field of neurolaw, which looks at how brain science could affect law and public policy.

Shen researches and writes about the legal implications of everything from concussions in youth sports to the reliability of memory. Neuroscience, he said, is poised to influence debates ranging from fetal pain to the nature of brain death and whether brain abnormalities can be used as a mitigating factor in criminal sentencing.

“We’re trying to prepare for a world that’s coming, but not quite here yet,” said Shen.

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