In a nutshell...
THE PROBLEM: Exponential general-purpose molecular manufacturing may be developed within the next decade. The magnitude of the disruption this will bring is almost totally unrecognized; hence, no effort is being made to design sensible and responsible policy.
HOWEVER: With sufficient study, the magnitude of the problem becomes apparent, at least to most people.
THE FIRST CHALLENGE: How can CRN convince enough of the right people that rigorous study of the issues is in their own best interests? Who exactly are the "right" people? How many is "enough"? What is the most compelling way to convince them?
THE SECOND CHALLENGE: What are those "sensible and responsible" policies that will ease disruption, avert grave dangers, and maximize potential benefits? CRN has initiated the process of considering answers, but these are huge and complex questions that may require years of effort from hundreds of brilliant thinkers and implementers to discover satisfactory solutions.
We believe that even a technology as powerful as molecular manufacturing can be used wisely and well -- but that without adequate information, unwise use may be far too common. Information is power; only through intensive studies can the developers and the future administrators of this powerful capability gain the tools they need to make the right decisions. The mission of CRN is to raise awareness of the issues presented by nanotechnology: the benefits and dangers, and the possibilities for responsible use.