NBIC is an acronym standing for nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information technology and Cognitive science, or Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno. It is currently the most popular term for emerging and converging technologies, and was introduced into public discourse through the publication of Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance, a report sponsored in part by the U.S. National Science Foundation.
NBIC technologies are of interest to transhumanists for their human enhancement potential, as well as the other possibilities they open up, such as radical life extension. However, NBIC technologies also present significant risks, including bioengineered Pandemics, the misuse of molecular nanotechnology, non-Friendly Artificial general intelligence, a Singularity with negative consequences, and other Existential risks.
technoprogressives and the IEET work to manage and regulate such risks, and examine their societal implications while protecting the rights of the individual to choose if and how to take advantage of enhancements, and preserving reproductive and morphological freedoms.