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September 5, 2006

Neurosociety Policy Issues (2005-2035)

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Heads up on a 20-page chapter I wrote titled, "Neuropolicy (2005-2035): Converging Technologies Enable Neurotechnology, Creating New Ethical Dilemmas" that was recently published in the book "Managing Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno Innovations: Converging Technologies in Society." The book was edited by NBIC advocates William Sims Brainbridge and Mike Roco and was pubished on May 30th, 2006 by Kluwer Academic Press.

Here is the chapter abstract:

"A historical model of techno-economic change with socio-political adjustments is used to illuminate how neurotechnology will influence human society in the next three decades. The impact of neurotechnology in the financial sector is discussed with an overview of how the European Union and the United States are responding to the political and ethical issues that arise from advanced neurotechnology. The development of neurotechnology, tools that analyze and influence the nervous systems, is being acclerated by NBIC technologies and will create new leading neurotech clusters."

Here is the book's table of contents:
1402041063.02._SCMZZZZZZZ_.jpgProgressive convergence.- The emergence and policy implications of converging new technologies.- Roadmapping convergence.- NBIC convergent technologies and the innovation economy: challenges and opportunities for the 21st century.- Measuring the merger: examining the onset of converging technologies.- Collaboration on converging technologies: education and practice.- If we build it, will they come? The cultural challenges of cyberinfrastructure development.- Converging technologies in developing countries: passionate voices, fruitful actions.- Nanotechnology for biology and medicine.- Biologically-inspired cellular machine architectures.- Cognitive enhancement and the neuroethics of memory drugs.- Neuropolicy (2005-2035): converging technologies enables neurotechnology creating new ethical dilemmas.- Information technology and cognitive systems.- Cognitive technologies.- NBIC convergence and technology-business coevolution: towards a services science to increase productive capactity.- An ethic for enhancing human performance through integrative technologies.- Science confronts the law.- Human enhancement and the emergent technopolitics of the 21st century.- Co-evolution of social sciences and emerging technologies.- Appendix 1: Survey of NBIC applications.- Appendix 2: Information technology for convergence.- Appendix 3: Commercializing and managing the converging new technologies.

I recommend this book for the geeks among us who are seriously interested in where humanity is heading in the decades to come. If you are looking for fresh ideas this is an excellent resource. Here is a link to previous neuropolicy posts.

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1. Kensai on September 6, 2006 9:58 AM writes...

Interesting title.

Although the mid-to-long term scope (2035... well, 30 years ahead!) of it would make some of its propositions difficult to appreciate.

A good book to have to understand the hurdles to overcome.


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