Science and Technology Innovation Program


Nanotechnology and the Environment

November 19, 2002 // 12:30pm2:00pm
Following on the footsteps of Bill Joy's now famous Wired article (Why the Future Doesn't Need Us), a number of people and organizations have begun to raise serious questions about the potential social and environmental impacts of nanotechnology. A recent piece by the ETC Group (No Small Matter! Nanotech Particles Penetrate Living Cells and Accumulate in Animal Organs) has received significant coverage in the popular press. How much do we know about the environmental impacts of nanotechnonly? Who is looking at these issues and who should be? How do we separate science from pseudoscience and hype? And what can we do to ensure that the public and policy-makers do not become so fearful of nanotechnology's risks that they reject or restrict its promise?

Positive Feedback, Technology Lock-in, and Implications for Policy

November 14, 2002 // 8:00am9:30am
David Kline, Ph.D.National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)

Who Owns the Genome?

September 24, 2002 // 7:00am8:15pm

Planning Twenty Years Out

January 17, 2002 // 11:00pm


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