June 28, 2011

Trends in cognitive enhancement interest

PubMed articles with "cognitive enhancement" in any field:

Looking into the Google ngram viewer I got this curve (cognitive enhancement blue, human enhancement in red):

The increase looks loosely exponential. The interest has been ongoing for a long time, maybe leading to current research which is then driving possible future applications. Still, the number of papers are fairly few per year - it is still a niche field. We might have a situation with more concern and debate than actual hard facts and developments. My prediction is that as we progress the term "cognitive enhancement "will start to disappear, and people become much more positive when they have concrete options.

Posted by Anders3 at June 28, 2011 12:19 PM