Convergence of Knowledge, Technology and Society: Beyond by Mark Lundstrom, H.-S. Philip Wong (auth.), Mihail C. Roco,
By Mark Lundstrom, H.-S. Philip Wong (auth.), Mihail C. Roco, William S. Bainbridge, Bruce Tonn, George Whitesides (eds.)
This quantity goals to record an important around the globe accomplishments in converging wisdom and expertise, together with converging systems, equipment of convergence, societal implications, and governance within the final ten years. Convergence in wisdom, expertise, and society is the accelerating, transformative interplay between probably special medical disciplines, applied sciences, and groups to accomplish mutual compatibility, synergism, and integration, and during this method to create further price for societal profit. it's a move that's well-known by way of scientists and concept leaders worldwide as having the capability to supply far-reaching ideas to lots of today’s complicated wisdom, expertise, and human improvement demanding situations. 4 crucial and interdependent convergence structures of human task are outlined within the first a part of this record: nanotechnology-biotechnology-information expertise and cognitive technological know-how (“NBIC”) foundational instruments; Earth-scale environmental structures; human-scale actions; and convergence equipment for societal-scale actions. The file then provides the most implications of convergence for human actual capability, cognition and communique, productiveness and societal results, schooling and actual infrastructure, sustainability, and leading edge and liable governance. As an entire, the document provides a brand new version for convergence. To successfully make the most of this power, a proactive governance strategy is advised. The examine identifies a world chance to enhance and follow convergence for technological, fiscal, environmental, and societal advantages. The panel additionally indicates a chance within the usa for imposing a software aimed toward focusing disparate R and D energies right into a coherent task - a "Societal Convergence Initiative”. This research acquired enter from major educational, undefined, govt, and NGO specialists from the U.S., Latin the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia.