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Accelerate #1: NBIC (Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno)

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From 2002-2013 the National Science Foundation and ‘Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance: Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information Technology and the Cognitive Science’ Roco and Bainbridge 2002 and 2013 ‘Convergence of Knowledge, Technology and Science: Beyond Convergence of Nano-Bio-Info-Cognitive Technologies’ laid out a tentative vision of ‘The integration and synergy of the four technologies (nano-bio-info-cogno) that originate from the nanoscale, where the building blocks of matter are established. This picture symbolizes the confluence of technologies that now offers the promise of improving human lives in many ways, and the realignment of traditional disciplinary boundaries that will be needed to realize this potential. New and more direct pathways towards human goals are envisioned in working habits, in economic activity, and in the humanities.’

Engaging with thinkers Hannah Arendt, Ray Brassier and invocations posed by the ‘Accelerationist Manifesto’ (–How does understanding the ramifications of converging technologies necessitate a challenge to push towards the ‘inhuman’ and particularly towards the question of Prometheism? Critically investigating into the technologies that are included in the NBIC, the discussion frames the question how do we conceive of acceleration towards a post-human state? When technology is starting to shift the meaning of “humanity”, where and how can we start looking for answers?

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