Like any powerful technology, nanotechnology has potential for both benefit and harm. CRN believes that a stance of cautious optimism is called for. Caution demands that we understand the capabilities of advanced nanotechnology before it arrives, and work to prepare for the changes it will bring. The following statements summarize our basic platform:
1. Effective use of nanotechnology can benefit everyone. We are dedicated to the principle of making these benefits available as widely as possible through effective administration of molecular manufacturing.
2. Unwise use of nanotechnology can be very dangerous. Some restrictions, implemented worldwide, will probably be necessary for sufficient control of the use of molecular manufacturing.
3. Nanofactory technology can be used safely. By using nanofactories with built-in restrictions, necessary control could be imposed while allowing widespread use of molecular manufacturing.
4. Preventing nanotechnology is impossible; careful study will be necessary for wise use. A detailed understanding of molecular manufacturing technology is necessary to prepare for its eventual development.
5. Effective use of nanotechnology will require intelligent and prudent policy-making. Well-informed policy must be set, and administrative institutions carefully designed and established, before molecular manufacturing is developed.
6. The situation is urgent; nanofactories may be developed within a decade. To be prepared for the coming development of molecular manufacturing technology, we must start planning for it immediately.