Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. William Sims Bainbridge, Mihail C. Roco
    Pages 1-14
  3. Concepts and Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Jonathan C. Peck
      Pages 43-52
    3. Jerome C. Glenn
      Pages 53-64
    4. Ullica Segerstrale
      Pages 65-78
    5. Mihail C. Roco
      Pages 79-93
    6. Michael Lesk
      Pages 95-112
    7. Igor Linkov, Viktoria Gisladottir, Matthew D. Wood
      Pages 113-124
    8. William Sims Bainbridge
      Pages 125-137
    9. J. Tinsley Oden
      Pages 139-148
    10. David Rejeski, Eleonore Pauwels, Joyce Koo
      Pages 149-162
    11. James K. Gimzewski, Adam Z. Stieg, Victoria Vesna
      Pages 163-180
    12. Gregorio D’Agostino, Antonio Scala
      Pages 181-193
    13. Anita Street, Nora Savage, Angela Page
      Pages 195-206
  4. Foundational Technologies Platform

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Mihail C. Roco
      Pages 209-226
    3. James L. Olds
      Pages 227-238
    4. Andrew J. Spakowitz
      Pages 239-251

About this book

Introduction

Scientists and engineers have long been aware of the tension between narrow specialization and multidisciplinary cooperation, but now a major transformation is in process that will require technical fields to combine far more effectively than formerly in the service of human benefit. This handbook will catalog all the ways this can be accomplished and the reasons it must be. Nature is a single coherent system and diverse methods of scientific and engineering investigations should reflect this interlinked and dynamic unity. Accordingly, general concepts and ideas should be developed systematically in interdependence, with cause-and-effect pathways, for improved outcomes in knowledge, technology and applications. At the same time, industrial and social applications rely on integration of disciplines and unification of knowledge. Thus, convergence is both a fundamental principle of nature and a timely opportunity for human progress. This handbook will represent the culmination of fifteen years of workshops, conferences and publications that initially explored the connections between nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and new technologies based on cognitive science. A constant emphasis on human benefit then drew in the social sciences, even as shared scientific and ethical principles brought in sustainability of the Earth environment and the challenge of equitable economic advancement. The intellectual contributions of literally hundreds of scientists and engineers established a number of research methods and analytical principles that could unite disparate fields. The culmination has been called Convergence of Knowledge and Technology for the benefit of Society (CKTS), defined as the escalating and transformative interactions among seemingly different disciplines, technologies, communities and domains of human activity to achieve mutual compatibility, synergism and integration.  

Keywords

Assistive Technologies and Participatory Design Biotechnology-, Information Technology-, Nanotechnology-ce Cyberlearning and Massive Open Online Courses Digital Governments and Anticipatory Governance Synergizing Emerging Technologies with Culture

Editors and affiliations

  • William Sims Bainbridge
    • 1
  • Mihail C. Roco
    • 2
  1. 1.Cybr-HumnSysPrg,DivofInfrmtn&IntlgntsystNational Science FoundationArlingtonUSA
  2. 2.NatlSciFondtn&NatlNanotechnlgyInitiativeArlingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-07052-0
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-07051-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-07052-0
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