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Living technology today and tomorrow

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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


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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