List of potential cognitive enhancement methods

Par­ti­ci­pants in the Sin­gu­lar­ity Sum­mit 2011 work­shops held on Oc­to­ber 17-18 brain­stormed a list of cog­ni­tive en­hance­ment meth­ods they would like to see tested — some of them for the first time, many of them more thor­oughly than has been done so far. Here is that list:

  • ra­tio­nal­ity instruction

  • potas­sium and nu­tri­ents/​micronu­tri­ents in general

  • modafinil and its class

  • rac­etam class, ad­der­all, riatlin

  • pa­leo and other pop­u­lar diets

  • multi­gen­er­a­tional em­bryo selection

  • par­tic­u­lar TMS interventions

  • do­ing math or logic prob­lems ev­ery day

  • amount of sleep

  • neu­ro­feed­back; EEG, etc.

  • phys­i­cal health, spe­cific types of ex­er­cise, yoga

  • more red blood cells

  • cer­tain types of elec­tri­cal stimulation

  • spaced repetition

  • prac­tic­ing visualization

  • prac­tic­ing chess and Go

  • dual n-back training

  • pro­longed sen­sory deprivation

  • ex­pe­rience ma­nipu­lat­ing phys­i­cal ob­jects (crafts­man­ship and en­g­ineer­ing)

  • listen­ing to mu­sic ac­tively (and en­gag­ing with other art forms ac­tively)

  • us­ing spe­cific vi­sual lan­guages for spe­cific tasks

  • hap­piness in gen­eral (grat­i­tude, etc.)

  • chang­ing the oxy­gen con­tent of what you’re breathing

  • gene ex­pres­sion levels

  • op­er­ant conditioning

  • ir­ra­di­a­tion or ad­minis­tra­tion of other toxins

  • lu­cid dreaming

  • GHB

  • in­ter­mit­tent fasting

  • creatine

  • nico­tine, caffeine

  • ar­te­rial glu­cose drip to get more sugar to the brain

  • Ek­man training

  • steroids