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Neurocareers: Doing The Impossible!

Sep 4, 2022

Do we have free will? How is our decision-making different from machines? Will artificial intelligence replace us in the workforce? What are the legal implications of committing a crime using a brain-machine interface? Can we use neurotechnology to rehabilitate criminal offenders? 

Tune into the thought-provoking discussion about neurotechnology and law with Dr. Allan McCay from the Sydney Institute of Criminology and The University of Sydney Law School!

During this episode, you will learn about the following:

[00:00] Episode intro and what's in for you in today's episode

[01:16] Meet Allan McCay, Ph.D., an Academic Fellow at Sydney Law School and Deputy Director at Sydney Institute of Criminology

[02:00] Dr. McCay's inspiration and series of steps that led him into neurotechnology

[08:55] Do people have free will?

[13:04] A case scenario in criminal justice setting where the question of free will was important to be answered

[17:03] Why integrating the aspect of genetics is necessary to support these types of cases

[18:13] How human decisions can be different from AI decisions

[23:30] Challenges Dr. McCay encountered in the fast-growing field of neuroscience and neurotechnology

[34:34] Dr. McCay's plans and the future of law with neuroscience 50 years from now

[38:23] Dr. McCay's advice to young lawyers who aspire to specialize in law for neuroscience

[39:39] How to reach out and connect with Dr. McCay

Notable Quotes

  • There are many dimensions to neurotechnology, including some potential human rights concerns.
  • Integrating the aspect of genetics is essential in supporting criminal cases where the question of free will is required.

Resources Mentioned

  1. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari:

About the Podcast Guest

Allan McCay, LLB, DLP, G Dip Comm, PhD is an Academic Fellow at Sydney Law School and Deputy Director at Sydney Institute of Criminology

You can get in touch with Dr. Allan McCay and find out more information about the connection between neurotechnology and law here:

The University of Sydney Law School

Dr. McCay's site

Dr. McCay's report on Neurotechnology, law and the legal profession

The Australian Neurolaw Database

The Neurorights Foundation

Dr. McCay's contact email: OR

Twitter: @DrAllanMcCay


About the Podcast and Its Host

The podcast is brought to you by The Institute of Neuroapproaches and its founder - Milena Korostenskaja, PhD - a neuroscience educator and career coach for students and recent graduates:

Get in touch with Dr. K. at

Schedule an appointment at

Stay tuned!