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Cognitive performance tools are evolving and their application is expanding rapidly Although these tools promise significant advantages they also raise a number of significant ethical and social concerns This paper first provides an overview of various cognitive performance tools Subsequently there is a dialogue between Viirre on the one hand and Baylis and Downie on the other Together they explore the promises and perils of cognitive performance tools available now or in the near future perhaps within the next ten to twenty years The authors conclude there are potential benefits with the development and use of cognitive performance tools Care must be taken however with respect to the ways in which such tools may not serve the interests of individuals and communities