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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” that, in my opinion, snatched the thunder from Bensaude-Vincent’s rather opaque opening plenary talk, “Objects in Nanotechnology.”  The central thrust of the latter seemed to be a call to put the material-ness of nano R&D, rather than humans and social phenomena, at the center of social science-oriented analyses; my sense is that a better hour could’ve been spent with Arendt’s “The Human Condition,” but I imagine that could be said of many, many things.

An introductory feel for what the ASU-ers are up to can be had here.  Susan Cozzens’ work at G.I.T. is interesting and worth a sampling.

Our hosts at the University of Washington are taking exceptionally good care of us, and the Emerald City is, as usual, lovely.

The day’s score is “Utopia” from Goldfrapp’s Felt Mountain.

R.I.P. Jake A.

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