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Northeastern Nano Regulation Conference

It’s unlikely that we’ll spend much time discussing the deleterious potential applications of productive nanoscale machinery at next week’s Global Regulation of Nanotechnologies Conference, May 7-8. Those days are behind us; for now, at least.

This gathering, hosted by Northeastern University’s School of Law –disclosure: I will officially join NUSL’s law faculty this summer– promises a […]

Nanotechnological Battlespace/Part 2

S.NET/Day 3-This is Jürgen Altmann’s respnse to MBF’s comment:

I find this assertion about a nanotechnological arms race not being a
bad thing fairly dangerous.

There is still the possibility of nation-state war. The author is correct in stating that it would be counter-productive, but still these nations prepare for war. We have an on-going arms race […]

Broome@S.NET

“Administrative failures” at Howard have pulled Taft Broome back DC more quickly than I think either of us would’ve prefered, but just before he left he assessed the conference’s “ethics” discussions thusly: “Whereas earlier instances responded to actual events (say, catastrophe or failures of professional conduct), the ethics focused upon here seems to preempt any […]

Nano identities

Cynthia Winston’s finishing up a talk on the ethics of identity in the context of nanotechnoscience R&D and workforce development. As more than a few scholars in attendance have noted, the social studies of nanotechnoscience has yet to really come to grips with the varied ways matters of ethnicity and race mingle with emerging […]

Nanotechnological Battlespace/Part 1

S.NET/Day 2–Minutes ago Jürgen Altmann wrapped up his morning presentation of scenarios of the future of military nanotechnoscience: sobering, to put it mildly. In particular, his discussion of the enhancement of autonomous combat vehicles and micro-robots, brain-computer interface technologies and modified soldier biochemistry; his contention that US spending presently represents 80-90% of world-wide funding […]

S.NET@Seattle

The first day of the inaugural meeting of S.NET (The Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technology) has started with a proverbial bang.  Really more like a pre-bang: researchers from Arizona State’s Center for Nanotechnology in Society and G.I.T. ran a six hour-long (!) “pre-conference workshop” on “real-time technology assessment and anticipatory governance” […]