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Nanotech Goals and Conflicts

Howard Lovy*

http://nanobot.blogspot.com

This is an abstract for a presentation given at the
1st Conference on Advanced Nanotechnology:
Research, Applications, and Policy

 

This will be a presentation and discussion on how Foresight can successfully use the political process and funding mechanisms in Washington to achieve its policy goals. We'll look back a bit at how the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act came together (and what was taken out), then discuss what comes next. What kinds of public and private strategies should Foresight use to not only realize its goal of a government-sponsored molecular manufacturing program, but also to re-establish itself as the primary source of information and discussion for those who are concerned about the long-term implications of nanotechnology. It's crucial for Foresight to remain a kind of "big tent" for all points of view regarding current nanotechnology policy and its future development. To do that, it needs to remain "above the fray" and not be seen as an advocacy organization pushing only one agenda. That will bring Foresight back where it belongs, at the table with other business, policy and academic groups. Meanwhile, how can Foresight use lower-profile — but ultimately more-effective — means of reaching its policy objectives? What is being funded now that brings nanoscience closer to Foresight's goals? Who are the legislators, policymakers and advisers Foresight needs to reach? How can Foresight use existing legislation to push for its long-term agenda? How can Foresight capitalize on its prominence in the mainstream media and attract more coverage by the trade press? I plan to provide the framework for a discussion in my presentation, but I will encourage brainstorming.


*Corresponding Address:
Howard Lovy
Email: howard@lovy.com
Web: http://nanobot.blogspot.com



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