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.

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It is important, though, that these tools be designed with respect for human cognitive capabilities and limitations. Envisioning the Cognitive Society One can envision a major convergence field, cognitive science, as being essential for advancements to improve the empowerment of individuals and communities (Chap. 6). As the existence of language demonstrates, cognition is largely social, because information and concepts are exchanged between people and assembled over time into cultures. Basic components of this new cognitive model of the social mind include the global cognitive society, a cognome project to understand our evolving mentality, cognitive computing, cognition and communication in team science, and a cognitive science of science.

The network would aim at creating a convergence-based creative and innovative ecosystem. It would be supported by multidomain databases, convergence education modules, and user facilities. It would propose new programs and policies to educate new generations of scientists and practitioners. • CKTS-Biomedicine. These convergence centers would bring together biology, medicine, science, and engineering for biomedical applications (Chap. 5). This topic is particularly accessible for convergence because of the already vibrant scientific progress and societal relevance of this field (NRC 2010; Sharp and Langer 2011).

While one new focus will be on the individual student, it will also be essential to develop a global educational environment. For example, all educational materials could be downloaded from a central storage site into a local memory for real-time accessibility; it would be necessary to create a distributed international “converging knowledge and technology network” with a multidomain database, education modules, and facilities. The concepts of geographically distributed user facilities, such as the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network and the Network for Computational Nanotechnology, could be expanded to form converging technologies clusters.

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