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Presenting Futures

Fisher, Erik, Selin, Cynthia, Wetmore, Jameson (Eds.)

2008, XXVI, 308 p.

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  • Offers a lively and multifaceted view of social, ethical, and policy issues raised by nanotechnology
  • Includes multi-sectoral participation from academic, public, and private sectors
  • Captures contemporary discussions of the future of nanotechnology current in academic scholarship, government documents, corporate reports, and NGO press releases

The ideas and imagery about the future that characterize nanotechnology today are shaped by multiple values and agendas which influence public investments,business strategies, infrastructure design, and public debate. Presenting Futures highlights a variety of ways that nanotechnology actors think about and seek to shape the future. It brings together social scientists, humanists, government officials, activist groups, designers, and public relations professionals into a multifaceted and at times conflicting dialogue through press releases, government reports, and advertisements taken from the front lines of the political discourse over nanotechnology, as well as original writings that situate nanotechnological futures within broader contexts. The chapters in this volume document various approaches to the future and how contemporary cultural conceptions about science, technology, and society are created and ultimately influence our own cognitive frames, social contests, and material practices.

More than a catalogue of visions, the Yearbook is designed to give social scientists, natural scientists, and the general public an opportunity to explore, reflect on, and ultimately critique these futures. In asking not so much what the future of nanotechnology may be, but rather how different social groups and organizations imagine and anticipate it, the Yearbook offers a series of starting points for exploring the role of the future in the present.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Ethical, Legal, and Society Implications (ELSI) - High Tech - Nanotechnologie - Nation - environment - foresight - future - nanotechnology - safety - science and technology - science policy

Related subjects » Innovation - Technology Management - Nanotechnology - Popular Science - R&D / Technology Policy - Social Sciences

Table of contents 

Preface David H. Guston Introduction; Erik Fisher, Cynthia Selin, and Jameson M. Wetmore. Contributors 1 Nanotechnology: The Future Is Coming Sooner than You Think; Joseph Kennedy. 2 The Workers’ Push to Democratize Nanotechnology; Guillermo Foladori and Noela Invernizzi. 3 Thinking Longer Term about Technology; Christine Peterson. 4 Constructive Technology Assessment and Socio-technical Scenarios; Arie Rip and Haico te Kulve. 5 Information and Imagination: How Lux Research Forecasts; Mark Bünger. 6 Designing for the Future: Nanoscale Research Facilities; Ahmad Soueid. 7 What Drives Public Acceptance of Nanotechnology? Steven C. Currall, Eden B. King, Neal Lane, Juan Madera and Stacy Turner. 8 Nanologue; Volker Türk. 9 Anticipating the Futures of Nanotechnology: Visionary Images as Means of Communication; Andreas Lösch. 10 Winners of Nano-Hazard Symbol Contest Announced at World Social Forum, Nairobi, Kenya; ETC Group. 11 Your Children, Their Children…; Agilent Technologies. 12 Developing Plausible Nano-Enabled Products; Ira Bennett. 13 Nanotechnology for Chemical and Biological Defense 2030 Workshop and Study; Margaret E. Kosal. 14 Nanotechnologies for Tomorrow’s Society: A Case for Reflective Action Research in Flanders, Belgium; Lieve Goorden, Michiel van Oudheusden, Johan Evers, and Marian Deblonde. 15 Communications in the Age of Nanotechnology; Griffith A. Kundahl. 16 How Can Business Respond to the Technical, Social and Commercial Uncertainties of Nanotechnology? Hilary Sutcliffe. 17 Manufactured Nanoparticle Health and Safety Disclosure [Draft Report]; City of Berkeley CommunityEnvironmental Advisory Commission. 18 A Framework for Responsible Nanotechnology; Scott Walsh and Terry Medley. 19 Contemplating the Implications of a Nanotechnology 'Revolution'; Georgia Miller. 20 Nanotechnology: Challenges and the Way Forward; Meyya Meyyappan. 21 Technology Assessment of Nanotechnology: Problems and Methods in Assessing Emerging Technologies; Ulrich Fiedeler. 22 Compressed Foresight and Narrative Bias: Pitfalls in Assessing High Technology Futures; Robin Williams. 23 Science Fiction, Nano-Ethics, and the Moral Imagination; Rosalyn W. Berne. Index.

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