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Living technology today and tomorrow

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Abstract:

The concept of living technology can be applied to any technology that is powerful and useful specifically because it has some of the fundamental features of living systems. This article is a brief general overview of living technology's current state and projected future. After illustrating living technology and discussing why it is complicated to define, I explain how it is related to so-called NBIC convergence (see below) and discuss some of the larger social, ethical and aesthetic issues that it raises.

Keywords: World Wide Web; autonomous agent; living technology; protocell; robot; synthetic biology

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/tear.7.2.199/1

Affiliations: Initiative for Science, Society, and Policy, University of Southern Denmark European School of Molecular Medicine, Milan European Centre for Living Technology, Venice Department of Philosophy, Reed College, Portland.

Publication date: 2009-11-01

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  • Technoetic Arts focuses upon the juncture between art, technology and the mind. Divisions between academic areas of study, once rigidly fixed, are gradually dissolving due to developments in science and cultural practice. This fusion has had a dramatic effect upon the scope of various disciplines. In particular, the profile of art has radically evolved in our present technological culture
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