Convergence of Knowledge, Technology and Society: Beyond Convergence of Nano-Bio-Info-Cognitive Technologies by Mihail C. RocoConvergence of Knowledge, Technology and Society: Beyond Convergence of Nano-Bio-Info-Cognitive Technologies by Mihail C. Roco

Convergence of Knowledge, Technology and Society: Beyond Convergence of Nano-Bio-Info-Cognitive…

byMihail C. RocoEditorWilliam S. Bainbridge, Bruce Tonn

Hardcover | February 11, 2014

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This volume aims to document the most important worldwide accomplishments in converging knowledge and technology, including converging platforms, methods of convergence, societal implications, and governance in the last ten years. Convergence in knowledge, technology, and society is the accelerating, transformative interaction among seemingly distinct scientific disciplines, technologies, and communities to achieve mutual compatibility, synergism, and integration, and through this process to create added value for societal benefit. It is a movement that is recognized by scientists and thought leaders around the world as having the potential to provide far-reaching solutions to many of today's complex knowledge, technology, and human development challenges. Four essential and interdependent convergence platforms of human activity are defined in the first part of this report: nanotechnology-biotechnology-information technology and cognitive science ("NBIC") foundational tools; Earth-scale environmental systems; human-scale activities; and convergence methods for societal-scale activities. The report then presents the main implications of convergence for human physical potential, cognition and communication, productivity and societal outcomes, education and physical infrastructure, sustainability, and innovative and responsible governance. As a whole, the report presents a new model for convergence. To effectively take advantage of this potential, a proactive governance approach is suggested.  The study identifies an international opportunity to develop and apply convergence for technological, economic, environmental, and societal benefits.  The panel also suggests an opportunity in the United States for implementing a program aimed at focusing disparate R and D energies into a coherent activity - a "Societal Convergence Initiative". This study received input from leading academic, industry, government, and NGO experts from the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Dr. Mihail C. Roco is the Senior Advisor for Nanotechnology at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a key architect of the National Nanotechnology Initiative. Dr. Roco is the founding Chair of the U.S. National Science and Technology Council's Subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET) and established the...
Title:Convergence of Knowledge, Technology and Society: Beyond Convergence of Nano-Bio-Info-Cognitive…Format:HardcoverDimensions:558 pagesPublished:February 11, 2014Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.- Study Team and Report Authors.- External Reviewers.- Preface (Executive Summary).- Overview and Recommendations.- 1 Convergence Platforms: Foundational Science and Technology Tools.- 2 Convergence Platforms: Human-Scale Convergence and the Quality of Life.- 3 Convergence Platforms: Earth-Scale Systems.- 4 Methods to Improve and Expedite Convergence.- 5 Implications: Human Health and Physical Potential.- 6 Implications: Human Cognition and Communication and the Emergence of Cognitive Society.- 7 Implications: Societal Collective Outcomes, including Manufacturing.- 8 Implications: People and Physical Infrastructure.- 9 Implications: Convergence of Knowledge and Technology for a Sustainable Society.- 10 Innovative and Responsible Governance of Converging Technologies.- Appendices A - H.