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January 18th, 2007

Time to maximize cleanliness

Historian Ronald Wright, in his recent Massey lecture, spoke about this inability of technology to free humanity from its own technological jams. It's a logical error we love to indulge in: while our hurried application of advanced technology has gotten us into certain global fixes, we'll be damned if further hurried application of even more advanced technology won't get us out (see climate change, nuclear proliferation, drug-resistant diseases, etc). That's why, while a field like nanotechnology holds a world of possibility, the lack of ethical discussion and preventative investigation about health and environmental consequences of nano-particles leads me to expect some very big headaches from this very small idea.


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