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« Talking Nano at Stevens | Main | CRN's Absurd Enterprise »

September 06, 2007


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Ted Stalets

If the United States president that emerges out of the election of 2008 is not well versed on the promises and perils of emerging technologies, we will not - as noted above - have the benefit of a competent leader in this important area.

We do have the National Nanotechnology Initiative, which has been in place for several years. It is funded quite heavily, and represents 26 federal agencies, 13 of which have an R&D budget for nanotechnology.

It should be noted that the US federal nanotech initiative is being mirrored by governments of another dozen large countries around the world. Others recognize fully the powers associated with harnessing this new scientific knowledge.

And after hearing the words of Russia's Vladamir Putin lately about military goals of nanotechnology (not that the US pentagon isn't pursuing as well)- I get more and more scared.

The absolute minimum requirement for the president of the United States - in my opinion - is to thoroughly understand the ELSI (Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues) of emerging technologies.

Nanotech, biotech, robotics, and the cognitive sciences present global challenges and opportunities that reach well beyond the nation state.

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