As scientists develop the ability to work at levels thousands of times smaller than a human hair, a new world of possibilities—and critical concerns—opens up. This three-part series created by Fred Friendly Seminars explores the social, ethical, and personal implications of advances in nanotechnology. Hosted by Peabody award-winning journalist John Hockenberry, each program asks policymakers, researchers, and activists to wrestle with difficult but essential issues that will impact the environment, human health, public safety, and individual privacy. Discussion guides and other resources are available online. 3-part series, 57 minutes each.
Privacy - Watching Me Watching You: Nanotechnology and Civil Liberties
Health - Forever Young: Nanotechnology and Medicine
Environment - Clean, Green, and Unseen: Nanotechnology and the Environment
Privacy: Paula Hammond, Robert D. Atkinson, Keith Schwab, K. A. Taipale, Jarrett Barrios, Barry Steinhardt, George Nacarra, Anita L. Allen, Carie Lemack, Stephen Flynn, Alex Jones, George M. Whitesides
Health: Heather E. Whitson, Thomas Vogt, Robin Solomon, Peter A. Singer, Michael L. Roukes, Richard W. Murrow, Michael Goldblatt, Joel Garreau, Denise Caruso, Robert Best, Rosalyn Berne, James Baker
Environment: Maureen F. Gorsen, Christine Daniel, Sherri Kirk, E. Clayton Teague, Katharine Fong, Jennifer Scott Fonstad, Richard Denison, Kristen Kullinowski, Andrew Maynard
- Nanometer-sized things are very small, and often behave differently than larger things do.
- Scientists and engineers have formed the interdisciplinary field of nanotechnology by investigating properties and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.
- Nanoscience, nanotechnology, and nanoengineering lead to new knowledge and innovations that weren't possible before.
- Nanotechnologies—and their costs, utility, risks, and benefits—are closely interconnected with society and with our values.
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