William Sims Bainbridge

William Sims Bainbridge earned his doctorate in sociology from Harvard University. He is the author of 11 books, 4 textbook-software packages, and about 180 shorter publications in information science, social science of technology, and the sociology of religion. Most recently, he is the Editor of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction and author of the forthcoming God from the Machine, a study using artificial intelligence techniques to understand religious belief. With Mihail Roco, he co-edited Societal Implications of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2001), Societal Implications of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology II (2005), Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance (2003), and Converging Technologies in Society (2005). At the National Science Foundation since 1992, Bainbridge represented the social and behavioral sciences on five advanced technology initiativesHigh Performance Computing and Communications, Knowledge and Distributed Intelligence, Digital Libraries, Information Technology Research, and Nanotechnologybefore joining the staff of the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. More recently he has represented computer science on the Nanotechnology initiative and the Human and Social Dynamics initiative. Currently, he is Program Director for Social Informatics, after having directed the Sociology, Human Computer Interaction, Science and Engineering Informatics, and Artificial Intelligence programs.

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