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The Human Cognitive Enhancement Wiki, or HCE Wiki in short, which serves as an encyclopaedia of technologies that enhance or otherwise modify human cognition. This is not a mere database, though. We aim to provide not only a comprehensive list of available technologies but also a commentary on related topics such as health issues, controversies, socioeconomic implications and more. We also strive to approach each subject with care, research it properly and reference relevant sources, past research, and literature (if they are available). The overall structure of this knowledge base, can be viewed here. The Human Cognitive Enhancement Wiki is a part of the HCENAT project.

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Google Glass unit.

Google Glass

Google Glass is a set of augmented reality (AR) smartglasses developed by Google Inc. It is a standalone device that needs to be connected to other devices running Google’s Android OS, mainly smartphones. It uses a small display hovering in front of the user’s left or right eye. The user can control the device either by a small touchpad on the side of the device or by using voice commands. The label glasses here could be misleading, since by default Glass does not come paired with any lenses; the device itself is a slim glasses-like frame with the HUD unit attached to it. So far only a group of early adopters selected by Google called ‘Glass Explorers’ was allowed to test out the device after paying 1,500 USD for the developer version. After this testing phase, Google halted the sales of Glass, saying that it will take some time to perfect it. Due to a big marketing campaign, Google Glass created a number of controversies.

Because of the hype that Google created, smartglasses and other (HMDs) have experienced a boom that has not been seen before. Even if Google has discontinued the device for now, the interest in the technology has created a better market for such devices, and this has led to many new projects being unveiled. Following the discontinuation in 2015, Google shut down the associated social media accounts for Google Glass in January 2016. (Full article)

More about smart glasses.
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    • Genetic Modifications
    • Brain-Computer Interface
    • Nutrition
    • Smart Drugs
  • Internal Software
    • Education
    • Mental Training

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Human Cognitive Enhancement wiki is an open-access knowledge base of publicly available human cognitive enhancement (HCE) systems. The goals of this wiki are to search for new HCE projects and properly categorise them. Each entry will then describe the system in detail and assess its scientific, public and media impact. It focuses on ethical issues, as reflected by the particular HCE project developers, public, or the scientific community. HCE wiki was developed as a part of Naturalness in Human Cognitive Enhancement project.

The Naturalness in Human Cognitive Enhancement project aims at building a new international research partnership in the field of Human Cognitive Enhancement (HCE) and providing clear and accessible HCE-related analysis, guidelines, and directions for policymakers, stakeholders, HCE engineers, and consumers. Its goal is to create a philosophically grounded, open, and transparent framework for the description, assessment, and forecast of acceptability of HCE systems in public space and by society, as well as for HCE governance issues. The project will be finished in April 2017.

Within this project, we tightly cooperate with Charles University in Prague, 1st Faculty of Medicine, National Institute of Mental Health, The Department of Cybernetics at University of West Bohemia and two Norwegian partners: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Health Sciences Gjøvik, and Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Work Research Institute.

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The research leading to these results has received funding from the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports under Project Contract no. MSMT-28477/2014, Project no. 7F14236.

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