Here’s how we should regulate brain enhancement devices
What’s important to keep in mind is that a wide variety of these devices already exist in the marketplace today, even if they are not explicitly described as cognitive enhancement devices. And people are already posting their experiences using them in popular online communities like Reddit. That means that these devices are already starting to crossover into the mainstream, and that’s creating greater urgency to regulate them. “Until recently, it had been the preserve of the DIY tDCS community: people would construct their own devices from batteries, wires and electrodes,” Maslen says. “Now, an online market has emerged for whole-unit devices specifically manufactured for non-therapeutic tDCS.” Demand appears to be highest from gamers, who are looking for a hidden edge, whether it’s greater focus or faster reaction times.