Home > Press > CRN Announces the Wise-Nano Project
The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (CRN) has initiated the Wise-Nano project.
CRN Announces the Wise-Nano Project
New York, NY. - October 14, 2004
Nanotechnology will change the world. But how much, how soon, how fast, and how powerfully? Today we have many more questions than answers.
To begin finding answers, the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (CRN) has initiated the Wise-Nano project, a collaborative online effort to study the facts and implications of advanced nanotechnology. Wise-Nano.org is built on MediaWiki technology, so any user can add content, or improve existing content.
At the Wise-Nano.org site, users can:
- Learn about wise use of advanced nanotechnology
- Ask questions
- Join a project
- Start a project
- Answer questions
- Create or edit articles
- Expand or review articles
- Contribute to discussions
- Find collaborators for research
"Building a foundation for wise nanotechnology will not be easy," says Chris Phoenix, CRN's Director of Research. "Chemists, political scientists, physicists, lawyers, engineers, economists, sociologists, medical doctors, ecologists, and ethicists will need to work together to ask and answer the right questions."
Recent research has found that the design of a self-fabricating system might be simpler than a desktop computer's CPU. An automated, self-contained factory could build lifesaving medical robots -- or untraceable weapons of mass destruction. For less than a million dollars, it could build networked computers for everyone in the world -- and for another million, networked cameras so governments can watch our every move.
Cheap, clean manufacturing could create abundant wealth, but will also create a vicious scramble to own the benefits. Fast, automated prototyping will enable rapid invention of wondrous products, but fast weapons development could lead to an unstable arms race.
"Without advance planning -- without wise and well-informed policy -- we will walk blindly off a cliff," says Phoenix. "Bad policy will lead to mushrooming problems, which will inspire more bad policy. In the struggle between anarchy and oppression, the one sure loser will be 'we the people.'"
Wise-Nano.org is a website for researchers worldwide to work together, helping to build an understanding of the technologies, their effects, and what to do about them. CRN's Chris Phoenix administers the Wise-Nano site, and CRN hosts the site, but it belongs to all users.
"CRN is working on finding policy and technical solutions," says Mike Treder, Executive Director of CRN, "but no single approach will solve all problems or address all needs. The only answer is a collective answer, and that will demand an unprecedented collaboration -- a network of leaders and researchers in business, government, academia, and NGOs. Wise-Nano.org is a first step in that direction."
For more information, see wise-nano.org
The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology is headquartered in New York. The mission of CRN is to raise awareness of the issues presented by nanotechnology: the benefits and dangers, and the possibilities for responsible use. CRN is an affiliate of World Care, an international, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.
Copyright © Center for Responsible Nanotechnology
If you have a comment, please
Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.
Scientists disagree on responsible research April 8th, 2014
Caltech Researchers Create Light-Bending Silicon Chip: Bending the Light with a Tiny Chip March 10th, 2014
Building a Better Future — Lessons from 3 Months of Lifeboat Foundation Expert Interviews September 1st, 2013
NIA Public Briefing: Nanotechnology and the Council of Europe May 17th, 2013
Preparing for Nano
Durnham University's DEEPEN project comes to a close September 26th, 2012
Technical Seminar at ANFoS 2012 August 22nd, 2012
Nanotechnology shows we can innovate without economic growth April 12th, 2012
Thailand to host NanoThailand 2012 December 18th, 2011
'Exotic' material is like a switch when super thin April 18th, 2014
Innovative strategy to facilitate organ repair April 18th, 2014
Oxford Instruments Asylum Research Introduces the MFP-3D InfinityTM AFM Featuring Powerful New Capabilities and Stunning High Performance April 18th, 2014
Transparent Conductive Films and Sensors Are Hot Segments in Printed Electronics: Start-ups in these fields show above-average momentum, while companies working on emissive displays such as OLED are fading, Lux Research says April 17th, 2014