Biotechnology and Communication: The Meta-Technologies of by Sandra Braman

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Following an introductory research of every shared meta-technological area, the e-book examines the impression of biotechnology on how we comprehend info in human verbal exchange, meta-technologies and the legislation, and communicative dimensions of biotechnology and tool. the range of views provided through the members - who draw on theories from communique, cultural reports, sociology, details technological know-how, economics and legislation - makes transparent that informational meta-technologies are remodeling the subject material and context for examine and scholarship around the social sciences.

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META-TECHNOLOGIES OF INFORMATION 33 cal models for computing, computing with biological organisms, artificial life, and the cyborg. Beginning with the study of neural networks for models of possible computing processes, biological models have been important to the design of hardware and software. Today’s parallel architectures process multiple levels of information simultaneously in ways analogous to those of biological structures, appearing more intuitive than programmed, more sensitive to environmental data than earlier types of computers, capable of learning from experience, and able to filter data in ways that approach the scope of “wet systems” like human cognition.

However, although small firms are the source of scientific breakthroughs, it takes large corporations for the inventions that result to become logistically and economically feasible as innovations (OECD, 1988; Yoxen & Hyde, 1987). Large organizations prefer not to bring this expertise in-house both because the research and development (R&D) involved appear more likely to flourish in more intimate and nonhierarchical organizational environments, and because doing so lets corporations manage uncertainty through flexibility (Delaney, 1993).

Revised tax laws made possible new types of financing packages (Krimsky, 1991). Even the London Stock Exchange was persuaded by biotechnology firms to drop its rule that there must be 3 profitable years before listing (“Biorhythms,” 1993). Culture Areas in which there are resonances—and interactions—between the cultural manifestations and effects of biotechnology and digital information technology include their impact and expression in individual and national identity, the growing role of risk, and questions of cultural diversity.

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