Trends in Augmentation of Human Performance


Human performance enhancement refers to the augmentation of human skills, attributes and competencies through the use of technology, medicine and therapy designed to replace or increase human performance capability. In the turn of the second decade of the 21st century the convergence of the neurosciences including neuroimaging, genetics and cognitive science, neurotechnology and informatics is creating powerful tools that have the potential to significantly enhance human performance. Three broad domains of human performance enhancement will be covered by the book series: (1) Enhancement of human performance to restore normal human capability from the disabled or dysfunctional, (2) enhancement of human performance to superhuman levels, and (3) Ethical consequences of the first two domains. Examples of the first domain will include but not limited to restoration of sight, hearing, memory, mobility, reversing aging effects, prosthesis of limbs, brain-machine interface and genetic manipulation. Examples of the second domain will include, but not limited to enhanced memory, augmentation of vision, hearing, strength, mobility, brain-machine and machine-brain interfaces. This series will publish works of the highest quality that advance the understanding and practical application of human performance enhancement. Research monographs, introductory and advanced level textbooks, volume editions and proceedings will be considered. Please contact the editors with your book ideas. Finally, an advisory board of distinguished scientists from the fields on neurotechnology, neurosciences, cybernetics, cognitive sciences, psychophysics, psychiatry, genetics, neuropharmacology, neuroimaging and ethics will assist the book series editor with the selection of future book proposals. The advisory board members will also serve as reviewers of future book proposals.