We follow a few research teams in the fields of the new emerging technologies, while at the same time an ethicist observes them, trying to understand and discuss the risks and controversies of their work.
The AMC in Amsterdam is world leader in brain implants for psychiatric patients. A woman who was treated for depression now suffers from waves of manic shopping. This makes our team think. A peppery bill is one thing; but what if someone commits a crime - a murder - who is responsible? Officially the practice is still considered experimental, so the responsibility falls on the physicians. But this makes the treatment impossible. The center not only takes legal action, it also starts another scientific investigation: do people have a free will?