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Nanoconvergence: The Unity of Nanoscience, Biotechnology, Information Technology, and Cognitive Science by William Sims Bainbridge

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Chapter 5. Cognitive Technology

Since the dawn of history, humans have sought to understand and to command their world. Archimedes is reputed to have said that he could move the world, if he had a lever long enough and a fulcrum strong enough. That lever is converging technologies, and the fulcrum is converging sciences. To move the Earth, Archimedes recognized, one needs a cosmic place to stand. To move the human mind, it was long thought, requires a transcendent standpoint. Today, however, the mysteries of the mind are gradually being unraveled by a multidisciplinary movement called cognitive science. The groundwork is being laid for a host of technologies based in its discoveries.

The Two Faces of Cognitive Science

There are at least two very ...

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