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Emerging technologies

The expression emerging technologies is used to cover such new and potentially powerful technologies as genetic manipulation, artificial intelligence, alternate energy and nanotechnology.

Although the exact denotation of the expression is vague, various writers, such as Bill Joy and Joel Garreau, have identified clusters of such technologies that they consider critical to humanity's future.

These proposed technology clusters are typically abbreviated by such combinations of letters as NBIC (standing for Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information technology and Cognitive science) or GNR, (for Genetics, Nanotechnology and Robotics).

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