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Maverick* Research: Cognitive Enhancement Drugs Are Changing Your Business

Published: 21 September 2017

ID: G00340162

Analyst(s): Nick Heudecker


Competitive and social pressures are pushing knowledge workers, including IT professionals, to experiment with cognitive enhancement drugs. CIOs in the vanguard will be the first impacted and must take an early leadership position. (Maverick research exposes unconventional thinking and advice.)

Table Of Contents
  • Specific Maverick Caution
  • Maverick Findings
  • Maverick Recommendations

*Maverick Research


  • Do "Smart Drugs" Make You Smarter?
    • Scenarios for CED Adoption
  • Advantages of CEDs in the Enterprise
    • Synthesizing New Insights
    • Supporting Workers at the Lower End of the Cognitive Spectrum
  • The Ethics of Cognitive Enhancement
    • Legal Status of CEDs
    • Stacking Side Effects
    • Overestimating Cognitive Abilities
    • Social Coercion
    • Impact on Authenticity
  • Recommendations

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