First thing, of course, is don’t make things worse. Current concerns about environmental dangers and health risks are valid and must be evaluated seriously. Less immediate, but even more grave, are concerns of the type raised by CRN, including societal disruption from a transformed economy, pervasive and invasive surveillance, and a potentially unstable new arms race that could lead to disaster.
But assuming we can manage these risks -- which is not an easy proposition -- what other priorities should we pursue?
A good place to start might be the UN’s Millennium Development Goals:
1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2. Achieve universal primary education
3. Promote gender equality and empower women
4. Reduce child mortality
5. Improve maternal health
6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
7. Ensure environmental sustainability
8. Develop a global partnership for development
CRN is currently working with the Foresight Institute to examine these goals and formulate proposals to address some or all of them through application of molecular manufacturing technology. We’ll keep you up to date on our progress. In the meantime, if you have other priorities that you think should be considered, please let us know.