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Main description:

Our brain is the source of everything that makes us human: language, creativity, rationality, emotion, communication, culture, politics. The neurosciences have given us, in recent decades, fundamental new insights into how the brain works and what that means for how we see ourselves as individuals and as communities. Now – with the help of new advances in nanotechnology – brain science proposes to go further: to study its molecular foundations, to repair brain functions, to create mind-machine interfaces, and to enhance human mental capacities in radical ways. This book explores the convergence of these two revolutionary scientific fields and the implications of this convergence for the future of human societies. In the process, the book offers a significant new approach to technology assessment, one which operates in real-time, alongside the innovation process, to inform the ways in which new fields of science and technology emerge in, get shaped by, and help shape human societies.


Feature:

The first assessment of the convergence of neuroscience and nanotechnology, its implications for the brain, and the social and ethical questions to which it gives rise

A novel approach to real-time assessment of new and emerging technologies

 The first serious empirical analysis, using quantitative and qualitative methods, of the potential for and societal ramifications of human cognitive enhancement


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Our brain is the source of everything that makes us human: language, creativity, rationality, emotion, communication, culture, politics. The neurosciences have given us, in recent decades, fundamental new insights into how the brain works and what that means for how we see ourselves as individuals and as communities. Now – with the help of new advances in nanotechnology – brain science proposes to go further: to study its molecular foundations, to repair brain functions, to create mind-machine interfaces, and to enhance human mental capacities in radical ways. This book explores the convergence of these two revolutionary scientific fields and the implications of this convergence for the future of human societies. In the process, the book offers a significant new approach to technology assessment, one which operates in real-time, alongside the innovation process, to inform the ways in which new fields of science and technology emerge in, get shaped by, and help shape human societies.


Contents:

I. Introduction and key resources
1. Nanotechnology, the brain, and the future: Anticipatory governance via end-to-end real-time technology assessment
Jason Scott Robert, Ira Bennett, and Clark A. Miller
2. The complex cognitive systems manifesto
Richard P. W. Loosemore
3. Analysis of bibliometric data for research at the intersection of nanotechnology and neuroscience
Christina Nulle, Clark A. Miller, Harmeet Singh, and Alan Porter
4. Public attitudes toward nanotechnology-enabled human enhancement in the United States
Sean Hays, Michael Cobb, and Clark A. Miller
5. U.S. news coverage of neuroscience nanotechnology: How U.S. newspapers have covered neuroscience nanotechnology during the last decade
Doo-Hun Choi, Anthony Dudo, and Dietram Scheufele
6. Nanoethics and the brain
Valerye Milleson
7. Nanotechnology and religion: A dialogue
Tobie Milford
II. Brain repair
8. The age of neuroelectronics
Adam Keiper
9. Cochlear implants and Deaf culture
Derrick Anderson
10. Healing the blind: Attitudes of blind people toward technologies to cure blindness
Arielle Silverman
11. Ethical, legal and social aspects of brain-implants using nano-scale materials and techniques
Francois Berger et al.
12. Nanotechnology, the brain, and personal identity
Stephanie Naufel
III. Brain enhancement
13. Narratives of intelligence: the sociotechnical context of cognitive enhancement
Sean Hays
14. Towards responsible use of cognitive-enhancing drugs by the healthy
Henry T. Greeley et al.
15. The opposite of human enhancement: Nanotechnology and the blind chicken debate
Paul B. Thompson
16. Anticipatory governance of human enhancement: The National Citizens’ Technology Forum
Patrick Hamlett, Michael Cobb, and David Guston
a. Arizona site report
b. California site report
c. Colorado site reportd. Georgia site report
e. New Hampshire site report
f. Wisconsin site report
IV. Brain damage
17. A review of nanoparticle functionality and toxicity on the central nervous system
Yang et al.
18. Recommendations for a municipal health and safety policy for nanomaterials: A Report to the City of Cambridge City Manager
Sam Lipson
19. Museum of Science Nanotechnology Forum lets participants be the judge
Mark Griffin
20. Nanotechnology policy and citizen engagement in Cambridge, Massachusetts: Local reflexive governance
Shannon Conley


PRODUCT DETAILS

ISBN-13: 9789400717879
Publisher: Springer (Springer Netherlands)
Publication date: August, 2012
Pages: 410

Subcategories: Neuroscience