Friday, November 4, 2005

NANOHYPE AWARD - OCTOBER 2005

Sorry for being away but the book is at the printers now. My next piece will probable be an article on the Center for Nanotechnology in Society NSEC funding. Look for it.

NANOHYPE AWARD - OCTOBER 2005

The award is for hype as exaggeration rather than hype as fear, esp. irrational fear mongering.

In the summer 2005 issue of ISSUES IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, Sen. George Allen wrote an opinion piece titled: "The Economic Promise of Nanotechnology" pp. 35-36. In response, I penned "Nanotechnology Politics" which appeared in the fall 2005 issues of ISSUES, pp. 16 & 18.

My complaint is pretty much my mantra these days. Too much hyperbole. We need to make fewer promises of economic prosperity to reduce expectations. For most of America, nano is the name of a pair of pants and an iPod. What if nano does for our economic what virtual reality technologies did?

I also complained about the rhetoric of economic nationalism (a subject I intend to investigate in greater detail at another time.

3 comments:

Gina said...

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http://maxanimation.blogspot.com/2005/09/dermal-display.html
And post a comment after viewing if you like, i would be interested in hearing your thoughts.
Or go to my website to read more about it and download directly:
http://www.nanogirl.com/museumfuture/dermaldisplay.htm

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