Green Nanotech or Green Goo?

In a response to the ETC groups attempts to confuse GMOs with nanotech in the so called ‘Green Goo‘ (presumably this recipe will not destroy the planet then), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has responded with an equally odd idea with all the trappings of a ‘worthy cause’, “Green Nanotechnology.”

The WWICS wants to highight green applications of nanotechnologies and promote the sort of applications that will save whales, end poverty and usher in utopia, which sounds suspiciously close to the Drexlerains for our liking. Of course nanotechnology will neither save or destroy the planet, i may make a small difference here and there, as has chemistry and physics, although prattling about flexible solar cells won’t change the minds of die hard anti technology campaigners.

So what exactly is ‘green nanotechnology?’ Unusually, even that pranksters playground that is Wikipedia hasn’t come up with a definaition yet, so we had to ask around.

“Ah, well, it’s like this, erm, well….we will have a meeting to define it.”

So “the first event on Thursday, February 16th at 2 p.m. at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. will attempt to define green nanotechnology based on what we have learned from green chemistry and from the development of environmentally friendlier manufacturing processes and products.”

As veterans of many an attempt to define ‘nanotechnology’ (do we have a singe definition yet?) we think we’ll give this one a miss.

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