/ October 7, 2008

A Democratic Duty to Learn About Technology?

In a poll by The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, researchers found that half of Americans know nothing about nanotechnology or synthetic biology.  This report concerns policy experts because this technology will be breaking onto the scene in the next administration, and the public has not even begun to discuss the benefits and risks of the technology.

In case you don’t know: Synthetic biology is the use of advanced science and engineering to redesign living organisms (bacteria) so they can carry out specific functions.  Nanotechnology is a field of applied science whose them is to “control matter on an atomic and molecular scale. 
Source: Pew Trusts Newsroom

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