Report raises ethical concerns about human enhancement technologies

The Guardian | Nov 7, 2012

By Alok Jha

Drugs and digital technologies that will allow people to work harder, longer and smarter are coming soon, say scientists and ethicists, so we need to decide now how best to ensure they are used properly.

The comments are published on Wednesday in a report on human enhancement in the workplace written by experts from the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the British Academy and theAcademy of Medical Sciences.

Human Enhancement and the Future of Work considers everything that could be said to improve a person’s ability to do work, including so-called smart drugs, which can enhance memory and attention, as well as physical and digital enhancements such as bionic implants or the ever-improving computer technology to store and access information.

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