Cognitive enhancers are set to change workplaces

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 07 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7538
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Cognition enhancing drugs are increasingly being used by healthy people and could dramatically change how people work over the next decade, says a new report.1

The report, from the Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society, examined a wide range of current and emerging technologies such as cognition enhancing drugs, bionic limbs, and retinal implants. It said that many of these technologies might improve performance in the workplace but that their use also raised many ethical, philosophical, and regulatory questions.

The report said that cognitive enhancers present the greatest immediate challenge for regulators and policy makers and called for further research into their use …

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