Table of contents for The coming convergence : surprising ways diverse technologies interact to shape our world and change the future / Stanley Schmidt.


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Foreword                                                 9
Acknowledgments                                         13
Introduction. Converging Currents: Then, Now, and Tomorrow  15
Chapter 1. From Fabric Looms to the Internet:
The Story of Computing                        31
Chapter 2. Aviation and Big Buildings                   49
Chapter 3. New Arts and Sciences                        69
Chapter 4. Looking Inside: New Technologies and Medicine  87
Chapter 5. Computers and Genes                         101
Chapter 6. New Directions in Biotechnology             115
Chapter 7. Cognitive Science: How Do We Know?           129
Chapter 8. The Explosion in Information Technology      147
Chapter 9. Nanotechnology                               173
Chapter 10. Metaconvergences:
When Big Streams Make Still Bigger Streams    185
Chapter 11. Potentials and Promises                     215
Chapter 12. Pitfalls and Perils                         223
Chapter 13. Getting There from Here:
Challenges and Strategies                     235
Notes                                                   247



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Technological forecasting, Technology Social aspects, Biotechnology Social aspects, Information technology Social aspects