Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Convergence

  • William S. Bainbridge
Part of the Springer Handbooks book series (SPRINGERHAND)

Abstract

A series of major conferences that emerged from the National Nanotechnology Initiative explored connections to other fields of science and engineering, resulting after 15 years in a comprehensive vision of how science, technology, and society could converge. One of two initial orientations focused on the human and ethical implications of nanotechnology, thus connecting nanoscience to the social sciences. The other considered the current partnership and possible future unification of four NBIC domains: Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information technology, and new technologies based in Cognitive science. Most recently, the extensive series of book-length conference reports has led to a comprehensive overview, Handbook of Science and Technology Convergence, that outlines concepts, research methods, and educational approaches across four platforms that comprehensively define the world in which humans live:
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    Foundational technologies

     
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    Human-scale phenomena

     
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    The Earth-scale system

     
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    Societal-scale implications.

     

Notes

Acknowledgements

The views expressed in this essay do not necessarily represent the views of the National Science Foundation or the United States. [Legally required disclaimer]

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Authors and Affiliations

  • William S. Bainbridge
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  1. 1.Division of Information & Intelligent SystemsNational Science FoundationArlingtonUSA

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