A. List of Participants and Contributors 387

B. Index of Authors 392

C. Index of Topics 404

Changing the societal "fabric" towards a new structure (upper figure by R.E. Horn)

The integration and synergy of the four technologies (nano-bio-info-cogno) 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.

NBIC "arrow"

This picture suggests advancement of converging technologies.

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