Mind Machines: The Regulation of Cognitive Enhancement Devices

22 April 2014

Dr Hannah Maslen, Dr Thomas Douglas, Dr Roi Cohen Kadosh, Associate Professor Neil Levy and Professor Julian Savulescu
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As the market for cognitive enhancement devices (CEDs) grows, it is important to ensure that the correct regulatory mechanisms are in place to oversee this expanding industry. This paper provides a comprehensive overview of the types of cognitive enhancement devices available; assesses the regulatory weaknesses as they relate to CEDs; and provides a practical path forward in designing an appropriate regulatory model for CEDs. Oxford Martin Policy Papers harness the interdisciplinary, innovative research expertise of the Oxford Martin School to address today’s critical policy gaps. The development of these policy papers is overseen by the Oxford Martin Policy and Research Steering Group, chaired by Professor Sir John Beddington FRS, Senior Adviser to the Oxford Martin School.