We've identified ten groups of stakeholders who could benefit from learning more about molecular manufacturing and its potential effects -- both direct and indirect -- on them.
In no particular order, the ten stakeholder groups are those concerned with:
* Arms Control & Geopolitics
* Sustainable Development
* Business & Trade
* Medical Ethics & Research
* Surveillance & Privacy
* Social Justice
* Knowledge Management
* Ecological Remediation
* Policing & Criminology
* Intellectual Property
Large gains and severe losses can be projected for each group, depending on which of many scenarios for nanotechnology's development and management actually happens.
Too many people are unaware of nanotechnology's full implications. For example, some environmental groups are focused on nanoparticle toxicity as their prime concern, while CRN is pointing to much larger issues that lie just over the horizon.
Not all the anticipated impacts are negative, of course. But to realize the benefits, we must anticipate and prepare for the dangers. To complicate things, many issues intersect, and an apparent solution for one problem may make another problem worse.
General-purpose molecular manufacturing (which may be achieved by any of several routes) offers unprecedented opportunities for environmental reclamation, disease prevention, vastly improved infrastructures, highly advanced communication technologies, financial gain, and more.
The point of all this is that each of the stakeholder groups named above should begin a concentrated effort to understand the implications of advanced nanotechnology, and to determine what steps can be taken to protect and promote their interests. Please contact CRN for specific advice on how to get started.