Converging Cognitive Enhancements

01 December 2006

Anders Sandberg and Nick Bostrom

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences Volume 1093, Progress in Convergence: Technologies for Human Wellbeing pages 201–227, December 2006 DOI: 10.1196/annals.1382.015

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Cognitive enhancement, the amplification or extension of core capacities of the mind, has become a major topic in bioethics. But cognitive enhancement is a prime example of a converging technology where individual disciplines merge and issues transcend particular local discourses. This article reviews currently available methods of cognitive enhancement and their likely near-term prospects for convergence.