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July 29th, 2003

Nanotechnology and the Precautionary Principle

Abstract:
"What Greenpeace is invoking for nanotech is what they used in previous battles, the Precautionary Principle, which essentially says that we're better safe than sorry. It reduces the possibility of horrible mishaps by limiting scientific exploration when safety is in doubt. In general, I'm in agreement with the principle. It makes perfect sense -- if the safety of a technology is in doubt. The trouble is that Greenpeace is too early on this. Nanotech's safety isn't 'in doubt.' We don't know enough about the behavior of nanoparticles in our bodies and in the environment to even have a doubt."

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