4. Technological Convergence

Week 4 - additional reading material, resources and key links to explore.

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The Machine Is Using Us - short clip speaking to technology shift and convergence with humanity.


Ray Kurzweil - Humanity & technological convergence

"..The onset of the 21st century will be an era in which the very nature of what it means to be human will be both enriched and challenged, as our species breaks the shackles of its genetic legacy, and achieves inconceivable heights of intelligence, material progress, and longevity. The paradigm shift rate is now doubling every decade, so the twenty-first century will see 20,000 years of progress at today’s rate. Computation, communication, biological technologies—DNA sequencing, for example—brain scanning, knowledge of the human brain, and human knowledge in general are all accelerating at an ever faster pace, generally doubling price-performance, capacity, and bandwidth every year. "


 Gen X / Y - A multi-generational workforce

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This is one of a series of interviews with scientists working at the convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science. Participants discuss their definition of technological convergence, how this might affect various scientific fields and what obstacles must be addressed to reach convergence’s full potential. In this video, George Whitesides of Harvard University discusses technological convergence.

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