Managing Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno Innovations: Converging Technologies in Society

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William Sims Bainbridge
Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 14, 2006 - Science - 378 pages
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With the convergence of Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information technology and Cognitive science (NBIC) fields promising to change our competitive, operational, and employment landscape in fundamental ways, we find ourselves on the brink of a new technological and science-driven business revolution. The already emerging reality of convergence is to be found in genomics, robotics, bio-information and artificial intelligence applications, such as: • Self-assembled, self-cleaning and self-healing manufactured materials and textiles, and much stronger, lighter and more customizable structural materials, • Miniature sensors allowing unobtrusive real-time health monitoring and dramatically improved diagnosis; with greatly enhanced real time information to vehicles and drivers on the way, • New generations of supercomputers and efficient energy generators based on biological processes, • Greatly enhanced drug delivery from unprecedented control over fundamental structural properties and biocompatibility of materials. These advances are here already, or in development. And Japan, other Asian nations and Western European countries are investing heavily and moving aggressively to develop and apply NBIC technologies. Notwithstanding the passage of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act, significant further funding and action by both government and private industry will be critical to maintaining US scientific and industry leadership.
 

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Contents

Progressive Convergence
1
The Emergence and Policy Implications of Coverging New Technologies
8
Roadmapping Convergence
23
NBIC Convergent Technologies and the Innovation Economy Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century
33
Measuring the Merger Examining the Onset of Converging Technologies
46
Collaboration on Converging Technologies Education and Practice
71
If We Build It Will They Come? The Cultural Challenges of Cyberinfrastracture Development
88
Converging Technologies in Developing Countries Passionate Voices Fruitful Actions
103
Information Technology and Cognitive Systems
192
14 Cognitive Technologies
203
NBIC Convergence and TechnologyBusiness Coevolution Towards a Services Science to Increase Productive Capacity
227
An Ethic for Enhancing Human Performance Through Integrative Technologies
254
Science Confronts the Law
279
Human Enhancement and the Emergent Technopolitics of the 21st Century
285
Coevolution of Social Science and Emerging Technologies
309
Survey of NBIC Applications
336

Nanotechnology for Biology and Medicine
118
BiologicallyInspired Cellular Machine Architectures
133
Cognitive Enhancement and the Neuroethics of Memory Drugs
153
Neuropolicy 20052035 Converging Technologies Enable Neurotechnology Creating New Ethical Dilemmas
173
Information Technology for Convergence
347
Commercializing and Managing the Converging New Technologies
369
Index
379
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About the author (2006)

Dr. Mihail C. Roco is a senior advisor on nanotechnology for the National Science Foundation, as well as chair on the Subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology of the U.S. National Science and Technology Council.