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Renata Lemos
Lucia Santaella
Levels of Convergence


The idea of integrating different levels of reality is at the core of NBIC (Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno) convergence. Converging technologies enable hybrid cognitive interfaces, through the systemic integration between neural networks and nano artifacts. Hybrid interfaces occur on the thresholds between biology, information technology, neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence. Digital technologies enable not only a multiplication of levels, but are in themselves tools for higher levels of convergence. There is a convergence of levels around the juxtaposition of the concepts of mind versus matter. In this paper, we argue that converging technologies enable the intersection of three main levels of reality: quantum, informational and semiotic. The thresholds of NBIC convergence are also the thresholds connecting quantum theories to semiotics. Nicolescu´s Logic of the Included Middle and Peirce´s Law of Mind emerge as crucial theoretical standpoints in the study of hybrid cognitive interfaces.

Renata Lemos is a researcher at the Postgraduate Program in Knowledge Engineering and Management, Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil; Political Awareness Secretary of the Green Party, Florianópolis; and Teacher of International Relations at UNIVALI, Brazil.

Lucia Santaella is full professor at São Paulo Catholic University (Pucsp), Head of the post-graduate program in Technologies of Intelligence and Digital Design and director of CIMID, Research Center in Digital Media, Pucsp.  She is one of the honorary Presidents of the Latin-American Federation of Semiotics and correspondent member of the Argentinian Academy of Fine Arts.  She has been elected President of the Charles S. Peirce Society, USA, for 2007.  She has published 29 books and organized 11 books.


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