Friday, December 15, 2006

Nano Schism?

About two years ago, The New Atlantis (a publication which makes sense "of the larger questions surrounding technology and human nature, and the practical questions of governing and regulating science—especially where the moral stakes are high and the political divides are deep) published a short article called "The Nano Schism: High Tech Pants or Molecular Revolution?"

It asked if the public interested in nano because they believe the new technologies will transform their lives or simply improve them incrementally. The essay concludes that the former is the real reason the public and policy makers supported nano in the first place. It is these fantastic and far-out visions "in which politicians think they are investing."

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