Nanotechnology, the Brain, and the Future

  • Sean A. Hays
  • Jason Scott Robert
  • Clark A. Miller
  • Ira Bennett

Part of the Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society book series (YNTS, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Jason Scott Robert, Clark A. Miller, Valerye Milleson
    Pages 1-17
  3. Introduction to RTTA

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Christina Nulle, Clark A. Miller, Alan Porter, Harmeet Singh Gandhi
      Pages 21-41
    3. Sean A. Hays, Clark A. Miller, Michael D. Cobb
      Pages 43-65
  4. Brain Repair and Brain-Machine Implants

  5. Enhancing the Brain and Cognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Richard P. W. Loosemore
      Pages 195-217
    3. Henry Greely, Barbara Sahakian, John Harris, Ronald C. Kessler, Michael Gazzaniga, Philip Campbell et al.
      Pages 235-245
    4. Patrick Hamlett, Michael D. Cobb, David H. Guston
      Pages 265-283

About this book


Our brain is the source of everything that makes us human: language, creativity, rationality, emotion, communication, culture, politics. The neurosciences have given us, in recent decades, fundamental new insights into how the brain works and what that means for how we see ourselves as individuals and as communities. Now – with the help of new advances in nanotechnology – brain science proposes to go further: to study its molecular foundations, to repair brain functions, to create mind-machine interfaces, and to enhance human mental capacities in radical ways. This book explores the convergence of these two revolutionary scientific fields and the implications of this convergence for the future of human societies. In the process, the book offers a significant new approach to technology assessment, one which operates in real-time, alongside the innovation process, to inform the ways in which new fields of science and technology emerge in, get shaped by, and help shape human societies.


Brain damage Brain implants Brain studies Human Cognitive Enhancement Human Enhancement Mind-machine interfaces Nanoethics and the brain Nanotechnology and religion Neuroethics Neuroscience and the brain Shaping of human societies Technology Assessment The National Citizens’ Technology Forum

Editors and affiliations

  • Sean A. Hays
    • 1
  • Jason Scott Robert
    • 2
  • Clark A. Miller
    • 3
  • Ira Bennett
    • 4
  1. 1., The Center for Nanotechnology in SocietyArizona State UniversityTEMPEUSA
  2. 2., The Center for Nanotechnology in SocietyArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  3. 3., The Center for Nanotechnology in SocietyArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  4. 4., The Center for Nanotechnology in SocietyArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-1786-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-1787-9
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