Nanofactories: The Scientific Equivalent Of Defecating In a Swimming Pool?

Given the recent discussions of the effect of the Singlarity University, and the difficulty of discussing nanotechnology without getting sidetracked by discussions about life extension, nanofactories and human extension, someone recently commented that these ideas have ‘polluted the well (of nanoscience).’ The problem is that the propagation of these rather odd ideas is continuous, just when you think the last …

From Ideals To Internecine Warfare In One Day?

Robert Service has a nice (but short) piece at Science highlighting the problems face by the Obama administration in implementing the new nanotech bill. As usual, what seems perfectly simple task to an outsider results in a series of political power squabbles, especially when it comes to appointing a “NanoTzar—for all EHS research across the 25 federal agencies that are …

Nanosafety – The Same Old Story

The “International Risk Governance Council,” a Geneva based organisation “whose purpose is to help the understanding and management of global risks that impact on human health and safety, the environment, the economy and society at large” sent me their latest deep thoughts on Risk Governance of Nanotechnology Applications in Food and Cosmetics today, and it proved a rather interesting read. …

Credit Crunch or Creative Destruction

In October 2008, I was asked at the World Economic Forum along with other experts to address the main challenges facing nanotechnology. While environmental, health and safety concerns had been the preoccupation of many for 2008, this question posed by the WEF combined with the world economic crisis led me to consider the challenges of funding and commercializing of nanotechnology …

Pearls Before Swine?

Nanotech as a religion has been a common thread on this blog for years, especially when connected to the Drexlerites and their belief in the book (see comments here). I’ve also been involved with a number of  debates with philosophers where the subject of religion has come up, and as with many technologies there is a fear among some that …

Fruitful Dialogue?

I took the Circle Line round to Westminster this morning to drop in on the Uk Nanotechnology Showcase event being held at the DTI DBERR conference centre, which was rather interesting for some of the wrong reasons. First up was the Minister of State for Science and Innovation, Ian Pearson, to give a Government view of nanotechnology. The Minister, who …

Toxic Food Nano Poison and a Slow Lingering Death for the Human Race?

A scientist injecting fruit with toxic nanoparticles before feeding it to your children to make lots of money? Friends of the Earth in Australia, who have been running a long anti nanotech campaign have just released a new report prompting sensationalist and confused headlines headlines like this – “Is nanotechnology a toxic food nano poison in Australia?“As always, it’s a …