As I was walking through the V&A museum in London a few days ago, two statues immediately grabbed my attention. It was Heraclitus and Democritus, a couple of Greek thinkers known as the “weeping and laughing philosophers”. Heraclitus got his name from being melancholic and sad, whereas Democritus always wore a mask of cheerfulness. Humans are, and always have been, highly sensitive to the emotional expressions of others. Unsurprisingly, studies…
Over the past century, science specialised and branched off into such areas of genetics, quantum physics, astrophysics, neuroscience, molecular biology, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence. But the past decade has seen a gradual convergence of established specialist areas. These include; nanotechnology and medicine; psychology, artificial intelligence and robotics; genetics and bio-engineering. the convergence is leading to another explosive acceleration of scientific developments and our lives are changing even more rapidly than ever before.
Writers of fiction are struggling to stay ahead of the loop. Gone are the days when Asimov was able to predict scientific developments. The proliferation of developments resulting from the convergences is astounding.
When writing ‘Nanopunk’, I researched developments in various sciences and extrapolated logical convergencies. By the time I completed the final draft, I’d search for ideas I had and discover a laboratory somewhere was already exploring the possibility.
The resources here on SoftMachine.net reflect that convergence as a resource for writers and researchers.