This book presents the ways nanotechnology actors anticipate and seek to shape the future. It brings together social scientists, humanists, government officials, activists, designers, and professionals into a multifaceted and at times conflicting dialogue.
Welcome to the ?rst volume of the Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society! Nanotechnology, hailed as "the next industrial revolution" (NSTC 2000) and c- tiqued for being little more than "hype" (Berube 2006), is the site of a great deal of social and intellectual contest. With some ten billion dollars being spent worldwide on nanotechnology research and development annually and a market forecast of trillions of dollars in sales in the medium-term future (Lux Research 2006), nations and ?rms are pursuing nano-related goals with high levels of both effort and - pectations. Yet according to the Woodrow Wilson International Center's web-based Nanotechnology Consumer Products Inventory, most of the more than 500 na- products on the market as of this writing are basic consumer items-cosmetics, clothing, athletic equipment and the like-with modest, incremental improvements on their non-nano counterparts. Nanotechnology is also the site of an increasing amount of scholarship dedicated to understanding the interactions between society and an emerging knowled- based technological endeavor. Searching the Web of Science indices in social s- ence and humanities for nanotech and nanoparticle , for example, yields 231 hits 1 since 1990, but 75 percent of these occur in 2004 through 2007. This scholarship attempts to fathom the implications of nanotechnologies for society, as well as the implications for nanotechnologies of society. Some of it is also engaged in dialogue with both the public and with nanotechnology researchers about the hope and the hype described above.
Preface David H. Guston Introduction; Erik Fisher, Cynthia Selin, and Jameson M. Wetmore. Contributors 1 Nanotechnology: The Future Is Coming Sooner than You Think; Joseph Kennedy. 2 The Workers' Push to Democratize Nanotechnology; Guillermo Foladori and Noela Invernizzi. 3 Thinking Longer Term about Technology; Christine Peterson. 4 Constructive Technology Assessment and Socio-technical Scenarios; Arie Rip and Haico te Kulve. 5 Information and Imagination: How Lux Research Forecasts; Mark Bünger. 6 Designing for the Future: Nanoscale Research Facilities; Ahmad Soueid. 7 What Drives Public Acceptance of Nanotechnology? Steven C. Currall, Eden B. King, Neal Lane, Juan Madera and Stacy Turner. 8 Nanologue; Volker Türk. 9 Anticipating the Futures of Nanotechnology: Visionary Images as Means of Communication; Andreas Lösch. 10 Winners of Nano-Hazard Symbol Contest Announced at World Social Forum, Nairobi, Kenya; ETC Group. 11 Your Children, Their Children...; Agilent Technologies. 12 Developing Plausible Nano-Enabled Products; Ira Bennett. 13 Nanotechnology for Chemical and Biological Defense 2030 Workshop and Study; Margaret E. Kosal. 14 Nanotechnologies for Tomorrow's Society: A Case for Reflective Action Research in Flanders, Belgium; Lieve Goorden, Michiel van Oudheusden, Johan Evers, and Marian Deblonde. 15 Communications in the Age of Nanotechnology; Griffith A. Kundahl. 16 How Can Business Respond to the Technical, Social and Commercial Uncertainties of Nanotechnology? Hilary Sutcliffe. 17 Manufactured Nanoparticle Health and Safety Disclosure [Draft Report]; City of Berkeley CommunityEnvironmental Advisory Commission. 18 A Framework for Responsible Nanotechnology; Scott Walsh and Terry Medley. 19 Contemplating the Implications of a Nanotechnology 'Revolution'; Georgia Miller. 20 Nanotechnology: Challenges and the Way Forward; Meyya Meyyappan. 21 Technology Assessment of Nanotechnology: Problems and Methods in Assessing Emerging Technologies; Ulrich Fiedeler. 22 Compressed Foresight and Narrative Bias: Pitfalls in Assessing High Technology Futures; Robin Williams. 23 Science Fiction, Nano-Ethics, and the Moral Imagination; Rosalyn W. Berne. Index.
It provides a unique compilation of a major stream of work within nanotechnology in society and its connections in US and W. Europe. It captures and explores many of the tensions surrounding this new enterprise of predicting technologies' futures, while indicating some of the ways this process reproduces past challenges in technoscience and society. The collection includes pieces from an admirable range of 'stakeholders' in nanotechnologies' futures: STS researchers from several countries and a number of institutions representing diverse views about nanotechnologies' potentials for assessment, and a smaller number from science, NGOs, industry, and government. The collection brings together several key US policy documents, as well as scholarly texts, more informal reports, and personal statements-the array of formats is an interesting approach to considering the 'future in the making' that is the nano enterprise and its societal interactions.
Offers a lively and multifaceted view of social, ethical, and policy issues raised by nanotechnology
Includes multi-sectoral participation from academic, public, and private sectors
Captures contemporary discussions of the future of nanotechnology current in academic scholarship, government documents, corporate reports, and NGO press releases