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1 Nanotechnology: Get REAL! Mike Treder, Executive Director Center for Responsible Nanotechnology Mike Treder, Executive Director Center for Responsible Nanotechnology

2 1) Nanoscale technology Big machines making small products 1) Nanoscale technology Big machines making small products 2) Molecular manufacturing Small machines making big products 2) Molecular manufacturing Small machines making big products What is REAL nanotechnology?

3 1) Nanoscale technology  Incremental advances  Familiar problems 1) Nanoscale technology  Incremental advances  Familiar problems 2) Molecular manufacturing  Revolutionary advances  Unfamiliar problems 2) Molecular manufacturing  Revolutionary advances  Unfamiliar problems What is REAL nanotechnology?

4 Not just new products — A new means of production!

5 The Nanofactory Images by John Burch, Lizard Fire Studios

6 Lifesaving medical robots Lifesaving medical robotsAND Untraceable weapons of mass destruction Networked computers for everyone in the world AND Networked cameras so governments can watch our every move Trillions of dollars of abundance AND A vicious scramble to own everything Rapid invention of wondrous products AND Weapons development fast enough to destabilize any arms race What could nanofactories make?

7 The REAL Risks We Face Economic disruption Environmental damage Unstable arms races WMD proliferation War Terrorism Universal surveillance No privacy World dictatorship Intellectual property violation Black markets Smuggling

8 Ultimate test for the “Throw-away Society” ? Nano Pollution

9 Surveillance

10 Lack of Privacy

11  Easy to build  Hard to monitor  Easy to deliver  Obsolete almost immediately  Programmable and controllable Nano Weapons

12 WMD Proliferation

13 Terrorism

14 Arms Race

15 War

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17 We need real solutions… And we need them now.

18 Many Dangers Unstable Arms Race Totalitarianism Intrusive Surveillance Criminal or Terrorist Use Economic Disruption Social Chaos Black Market Environmental Damage And More... Unstable Arms Race Totalitarianism Intrusive Surveillance Criminal or Terrorist Use Economic Disruption Social Chaos Black Market Environmental Damage And More... !

19 Surveillance & Privacy Information Technology Ecological Remediation Arms Control & Geopolitics Sustainable Development Social Justice Intellectual Property Policing & Criminology Business & Trade Medical Ethics & Research Implications for:

20 Constraints on Solutions Must satisfy three classes of groups: Government (Guardian) Business (Commercial) Open Source (Information) Single solutions won’t work A patchwork will only make things worse Must satisfy three classes of groups: Government (Guardian) Business (Commercial) Open Source (Information) Single solutions won’t work A patchwork will only make things worse

21 Solution Options Single development program appears safest Early development appears best International cooperation is desirable Single development program appears safest Early development appears best International cooperation is desirable

22 When ? Brookhaven National Laboratory National Renewable Energy Laboratory Oak Ridge National Laboratory Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Idaho National Laboratory Battelle – Foresight Roadmap Initiative Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems Battelle – Foresight Roadmap Initiative Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems We may know the answer soon…

23 CRN Policy and Implications Task Force For Advanced Nanotechnology CRN Policy and Implications Task Force For Advanced Nanotechnology  Study implications  Evaluate policy options  Consider all stakeholders  Seek integrated, comprehensive solutions  Publish recommendations  Promote proposals with relevant groups  Study implications  Evaluate policy options  Consider all stakeholders  Seek integrated, comprehensive solutions  Publish recommendations  Promote proposals with relevant groups

24 For more information: Mike Treder — Executive Director Center for Responsible Nanotechnology Mike Treder — Executive Director Center for Responsible Nanotechnology


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