Source: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) – Publication date: January 2011
There are a number of potential opportunities associated with agricultural, food, and water nanotechnology for the poor, but to achieve such opportunities a number of challenges need to be overcome. This paper first provides a rapid assessment of key technologies that could have a large impact on the poor via increased agricultural productivity, improved food and water safety, and nutrition. Second, it reviews some of the main challenges to their deployment and adoption by the poor. It concludes with a discussion of the potential role of the CGIAR in facilitating the poor’s access to beneficial nanotechnologies.
In this report, the Nanoforum consortium presents the present state of the art of the public and scientific debate on benefits, risks, and ethical, legal and social implications of nanotechnology in Europe and other parts of the world.
Source: World Technology Evaluation Center – Publication date: June 2002
The integration and synergy of the four technologies (nano-bio-info-cogno) originate from the nanoscale, where the building blocks of matter are established. This confluence of technologies now offers the promise of improving human lives in many ways, and the realignment of traditional disciplinary boundaries that will be needed to realize this potential. New and more direct pathways towards human goals are envisioned in working habits, in economic activity, and in the humanities.
This is the final report of the Nanotechnologies Engagement Group (NEG), a body convened by Involve with the support of the Office of Science and Innovation's Sciencewise scheme, and the Universities of Cambridge and Sheffield. Their role has been to observe and support the pioneers of nanotechnology public engagement and log their experiences for the benefit of future journeys into the interface between democracy and technology.
Source: National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) – Publication date: September 2006
The Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on Technology has released this document identifying environmental, health, and safety (EHS) research and information needs related to understanding and management of potential risks of engineered nanoscale materials.
Source: Commission de l'éthique de la science et de la technologie – Publication date: April 2007
Ethics and nanotechnology: A basis for action is the fourth position statement issued by Commission de l'éthique de la science et de la technologie in Quebec, Canada. It consists of three chapters devoted to the scientific, legal and ethical implications of nanotechnology. In its ethical assessment of nanotechnology, the Commission is upholding the protection of health and the environment, as well as respect for many values such as dignity, liberty, the integrity of the person, respect for the person, quality of life, respect for privacy, justice and equity, transparency and democracy.
Source: European Commission, DG Research – Publication date: October 2008
This publication summarizes European activities in the field of ethical, legal and social aspects (ELSA) and governance of nanotechnology. This political and societal dimension of nanotechnology research is gaining importance the more nanotechnology enters the public focus, e.g. by successful product development or new research results on potential risks. ELSA of nanotechnology offer important insights to the interested public by helping to identify expectations and concerns and at the same time they are important for policy makers for responding to these needs in terms of good governance of research, including risk governance.
Source: Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies – Publication date: September 2005
The report offers a view of the nano applications and products people think are most important, examines who Americans trust most to manage nanotechnology a€™s potential risks and highlights concerns about nanotechnologyâ€™s use. It is based on a series of representative experimental issues groups held this summer in three U.S. cities â€“ Cleveland, Dallas and Spokane.
Source: World Technology Evaluation Center – Publication date: May 2006
This report describes the "NBIC" unification that is rapidly taking place today among Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information technology, and Cognitive science. It addresses the potential impacts of converging technologies, considers how innovation can be stimulated and steered, and provides a basis for an understanding of the societal implications of NBIC.