Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance

Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information Technology and Cognitive Science

  • Mihail C. Roco
  • William Sims Bainbridge

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N1-xiii
  2. Overview Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance

  3. General Statements and Visionary Projects

    1. J. Canton, Philip J. Kuekes, R. Stanley Williams, Newt Gingrich, Charles H. Huettner, Phillip J. Bond et al.
      Pages 29-96
    2. Jim Spohrer, Brian M. Pierce, Cherry A. Murray, Reginald G. Golledge, Robert E. Horn, Sherry Turkle et al.
      Pages 97-178
    3. L. Parsons, J. Watson, Patricia Connolly, Michael J. Heller, Jeffrey Bonadio, Peter C. Johnson et al.
      Pages 179-273
    4. James S. Albus, William Sims Bainbridge, Kathleen M. Carley, R. Price, Gary W. Strong, Philip Rubin et al.
      Pages 275-325
    5. W. Tolles, G. Yonas, Delores M. Etter, Michael Goldblatt, Tony Fainberg, James Murday et al.
      Pages 327-361
    6. Daniel L. Akins, Yaneer Bar-Yam, James G. Batterson, Avis H. Cohen, Michael E. Gorman, M. Heller et al.
      Pages 363-437
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 439-467

About this book


M. C. Roco and W.S. Bainbridge In the early decades of the 21st century, concentrated efforts can unify science based on the unity of nature, thereby advancing the combination of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and new technologies based in cognitive science. With proper attention to ethical issues and societal needs, converging in human abilities, societal technologies could achieve a tremendous improvement outcomes, the nation's productivity, and the quality of life. This is a broad, cross­ cutting, emerging and timely opportunity of interest to individuals, society and humanity in the long term. The phrase "convergent technologies" refers to the synergistic combination of four major "NBIC" (nano-bio-info-cogno) provinces of science and technology, each of which is currently progressing at a rapid rate: (a) nanoscience and nanotechnology; (b) biotechnology and biomedicine, including genetic engineering; (c) information technology, including advanced computing and communications; (d) cognitive science, including cognitive neuroscience. Timely and Broad Opportunity. Convergence of diverse technologies is based on material unity at the nanoscale and on technology integration from that scale.


Converging Technologies biotechnology cognitive science nanotechnology science

Editors and affiliations

  • Mihail C. Roco
    • 1
  • William Sims Bainbridge
    • 1
  1. 1.The National Science FoundationUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6279-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-0359-8
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