28 Nov '11, 7pm

The "White Hat" Status of Nanotechnology

The "White Hat" Status of Nanotechnology

To say that I am ambivalent about the usefulness --or, better put, the point--of public engagement in the development of nanotechnology would be putting it mildly. It seems that I had better get use to them because they are spreading like wildfire in both the US and Europe . The blog 20/20 Science has a guest article from Craig Cormick, Manager of Public Awareness and Community Engagement within the National Enabling Technologies Strategy in the Australian Department of Innovation, which gives us a rundown of the different varieties of the species and how they might be improved. It’s still not quite any clearer to me after reading the piece what is to be gained from any of this public engagement, except perhaps to gainfully employ some social scientists, which is fine with me. But the rash of public engagement exercises don’t really seem to be informing or educating anybod...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/semiconductors/nanotec...

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