Scientists of Very Small Draw Disciplines Together
By BARNABY J. FEDER
February 10, 2003
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 7 - Nanotechnology, biotechnology, electronics and
brain research are converging into a new field of science vital to the
nation's security and economic clout.
Or so say influential research agenda-setters like the National Science
Foundation, along with a loose-knit group of government, academic and
industry researchers who are trying to accelerate the convergence process.
"Leading scientists are stepping forward and saying, `We don't have
departments organized for this, but this is what's hot,' " said Philip J.
Keukes, chief architect for quantum science research at Hewlett-Packard
Experts in cognition - which includes the way the brain processes the
sensory data it receives from the nervous system and from proteins or
other compounds in the blood - have also been invited into the fold.
Their inclusion has focused the NBIC on technology applications that
could improve human health or even advance human performance in areas
like memory, mood control or the ability to communicate with machines.
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