Edited by Mihail C. Roco, William S. Bainbridge, Bruce Tonn, and George Whitesides

Final Report - May 2013


Table of contents

Complete Report
Front Cover and Acknowledgements
Back Cover and Citations
Executive Summary
Overview and Recommendations
Chapter 1. Convergence platforms: Foundational science and technology tools
Chapter 2. Convergence platforms: Human scale convergence and the quality of life
Chapter 3. Convergence platforms: Earth-scale systems
Chapter 4. Methods to improve and expedite convergence
Chapter 5. Implications: Human health and physical potential
Chapter 6. Implications: Human cognition and communication and the emergence of the cognitive society
Chapter 7. Implications: Societal collective outcomes, including manufacturing
Chapter 8. Implications: People and physical infrastructure
Chapter 9. Implications: Convergence of knowledge and technology for sustainable society
Chapter 10. Innovative and responsible governance of converging technologies
A. List of U.S. and International Workshops
B. List of Participants and Contributors
C. Abstract of the Converging Technologies Workshop in Sao Paulo, Brazil, November 2011
D. Review of NBIC Visionary Goals Put Forward After 2001
E. Selected Reports and Books About Convergence
F. List of Interviews on Convergence -- Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Video)
G. Glossary
H. List of Acronyms

NBIC1 Report: Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance
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