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Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information Technology and Cognitive Science

ISBN-10: 1402012543
ISBN-13: 9781402012549
Edition: 2003
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Book details

List price: $229.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 4/30/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 468
Size: 6.50" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

This text describes the vast opportunity created by unifying science and integrating technology, and recommends transforming ideas for individuals and society.

William Sims Bainbridge earned his doctorate in sociology from Harvard University, with a dissertation on the social origins of the space program, which became his first of 18 published scientific books (not counting edited volumes). He taught sociology, including the sociology of science and technology as well as theory and research methods, in major universities for 20 years. During this academic career, he wrote and published educational software, including computer-supported textbooks on survey research methods and techniques of statistical data analysis. In 1992, he came to the National Science Foundation to direct the Sociology Program. At NSF, Bainbridge represented the social and behavioral sciences on many of the major technology-related government initiatives, including High Performance Computing and Communications, the Digital Library Initiative, Information Technology Research, and the National Nanotechnology Initiative. Given his computer background, in 2000 Bainbridge moved to the NSF Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering, serving three years as deputy director of the Division of Information & Intelligent Systems, and as a grants officer in programs such as Human-Computer Interaction, Science & Engineering Informatics, Artificial Intelligence, and currently Human-Centered Computing. During this time, he gained editorial experience as a member of the editorial team creating an Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics , writing 75 articles for a variety of conventional encyclopedias, editing three special issues of journals, then being sole editor of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction . This HCI encyclopedia was comparable to the current project in that it brought together 100 articles in two volumes to cover an important emerging area between the social and physical sciences and engineering. His efforts in the National Nanotechnology Initiative led him to be co-organizer and co-editor of several major book-length reports, published in conventional paper form and electronically. In approaching this leadership handbook, Bainbridge can draw upon over 16 years managing grant-giving programs across several sciences and areas of technology at NSF, during which time he developed an appreciation of many fields outside his own expertise and gained enduring contacts with a large number of leaders in science and engineering.

Executive Summary
Overview
Background
Timely and Broad Opportunity
Vision for Enhancing Human Abilities and Societal Performance
Strategies for Transformation
Towards Unifying Science and Converging Technology
Major Themes
Future Prospects
Recommendations
General Statements and Visionary Projects
Motivation and Outlook
Theme A Summary
Statements
National Strategy towards Converging Science and Technology
Converging Technologies and Competitiveness
Vision for the Converging Technologies
Zone of Convergence Between Bio/Info/Nano Technologies: NASA's Nanotechnology Initiative
Biomedicine Eyes 2020
Balancing Opportunities and Investments for NBIC
The Impact of Convergent Technologies and the Future of Business and the Economy
Coherence and Divergence of Megatrends in Science and Engineering
Expanding Human Cognition and Communication
Theme B Summary
Statements
NBICS (Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno-Socio) Convergence to Improve Human Performance: Opportunities and Challenges
Sensor System Engineering Insights on Improving Human Cognition and Communication
Can Nanotechnology Dramatically Affect the Architecture of Future Communications Networks?
Spatial Cognition and Converging Technologies
Visual Language and Converging Technologies in the Next 10-15 Years (and Beyond)
Sociable Technologies: Enhancing Human Performance when the computer is not a tool but a companion
Visionary Projects
Socio-tech: the Predictive Science of Societal Behavior
Breaking the Limits on Design Complexity
Enhancing Personal Area Sensory and Social Communication Through Converging Technologies
The Consequences of Fully Understanding the Brain
User-Interface Olympics: Using Competition to Drive Innovation
Accelerating Convergence of Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, and Information Technology
Improving Human Health and Physical Capabilities
Theme C Summary
Statements
Nanobiotechnology and Life Extension
The Nano-Bio Connection and Its Implication for Human Performance
Gene Therapy: Reinventing the Wheel or Useful Adjunct to Existing Paradigms?
Implications of the Continuum of Bioinformatics
Sensory replacement and sensory substitution: Overview and prospects for the future
Vision Statement: Interacting Brain
Focusing the possibilities of Nanotechnology for Cognitive Evolution and Human Performance
Science and Technology and the Triple D (Disease, Disability, Defect)
Visionary Projects
Brain-Machine Interface via a Neurovascular Approach
Human-Machine Interaction: Potential Impact of Nanotechnology in the Design of Neuroprosthetic Devices Aimed at Restoring or Augmenting Human Performance
Nanotechnology: The Merging of Diagnostics and Treatment
Artificial Brains and Natural Intelligence
Converging Technologies for Physiological Self-regulation
Improving Quality of Life of Disabled People using Converging Technologies
Enhancing Group and Societal Outcomes
Theme D Summary
Statements
Cognition, Social Interaction, Communication and Convergent Technologies
Engineering the Science of Cognition to Enhance Human Performance
Engineering of Mind for Enhancing Human Productivity
Making Sense of the World: Convergent Technologies for Environmental Science
Fundamentally New Manufacturing Processes and Products
Visionary Projects
The Communicator: Enhancement of Group Communication, Efficiency and Creativity
Enhanced Knowledge-Based Human Organization and Social Change
A Vision for the Aircraft of the 21st Century
Memetics: A Potential New Science
National Security
Theme E Summary
Statements
Cognitive Readiness: An Important Research Focus for National Security
DARPA's Programs in Enhancing Human Performance
NBIC for Homeland Defense: Chemical/Biological/Radiological/Explosive (CBRE) Detection/Protection
Future Roles for Science and Technology in Counterterrorism
Nanotechnology and the Department of Defense
Advanced Military Education and Training
Visionary Projects
High-performance Warfighter
Non-Drug Treatments for Enhancement of Human Performance
Brain-Machine Interface
Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno as Enabling Technology for Uninhabited Combat Vehicles
Data Linkage and Threat Anticipation Tool
Unifying Science and Education
Theme F Summary
Statements
Combining the Social and the Nanotech: A Model for Converging Technologies
Breadth, Depth and Academic Nano-Niches
Unifying Principles in Complex Systems
Mind Over Matter in an Era of Convergent Technologies
Converging Technology and Education for Improving Human Performance
Visionary Projects
Converging Technologies: A K-12 Education Vision
Expanding the Trading Zones for Convergent Technologies
Biological Language Modeling: Convergence of computational linguistics and biological chemistry
Appendices
List of Participants and Contributors
Index of Authors
Index of Topics

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