Todd Andersen, one of our regular blog readers and frequent posters, last night posed a series of interesting and important queries. As he says, there are dozens -- if not hundreds -- of vital questions about nanotechnology that must be answered. CRN will continue working on this, of course, but we have only begun to scratch the surface.
So, this seems like a good time for a few plugs...
First, CRN's Student Research Program -- to cover the full spectrum of issues raised by advanced nanotechnology is much more than one organization can do without assistance. That's why we have created a program of research projects in a joint collaboration between CRN, instructors, and students. The program is targeted at undergraduate and graduate students, though advanced secondary school students also may be able to participate. Please contact Chris Phoenix if you would like to learn more.
Second, for those in government, corporate, academic, and civil society organizations that seek to understand the transformational power of molecular manufacturing, we recommend starting with CRN's Thirty Essential Nanotechnology Studies. Again, if you'd like more information, write to us and ask, or if you have already begun studies of your own, please share with us what you are doing.
Third, you may have heard that CRN's Director of Research, Chris Phoenix, has been hard at work on an important new endeavor. We're almost ready to unveil it, in an alpha stage, for your review. It's called the Wise-Nano project, a collaborative website to study the facts and implications of advanced nanotechnology.
Building a foundation for wise nanotechnology will not be easy. Chemists, political scientists, physicists, lawyers, engineers, economists, sociologists, medical doctors, environmentalists, and ethicists will need to work together to ask and answer the right questions.
The point is, safe entry of the human race into the nano era will require more than just brilliant molecular engineering. The brightest minds and clearest thinkers, the most energetic activists and committed organizers, the smartest scientists, most dedicated ethicists, and most creative social planners desperately will be needed, or should I say, are needed.
We look forward to your participation in one or more of these areas.