quinta-feira, 17 de novembro de 2011

Full Technological Convergence

In a 2010 article, the H+ Magazine presented a paper entitled "Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno: Paradigm for the Future". The author defended the idea that such NBIC paradigm will guide the convergence towards enhanced human performance. In other words, the paper argues that combining nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and cognitive technology it will be possible to improve human skills to unprecedented levels. Although the potential behind combining such technologies is undoubtedly impressive, I would like to call attention to the lack of other important technologies in the proposed paradigm, such as communication and autonomic technologies. Information technologies are mainly concerned with information treatment, but we do need to consider information exchanging (networking) and storage. Also, cognitive technologies need autonomic properties (self-*) to manage and control unconsciousness repetitive tasks. In fact, in my view a more broad paradigm is required to maximize potentials in future scenarios. We do need to consider a Full Technological Convergence, where synergies among all technologies are deep explored. What do you think?

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