City Seminar

Nanotechnology: The Money, Science and Politics of the “Next Big Thing”

Cosponsored with The Economist

December 11, 2003 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

Crowne Plaza Cabaña Hotel, Palo Alto, California

Featuring Kevin D. Ausman, Executive Director of the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology, Rice University; Geoffrey Carr, Science and Technology Editor, <em>The Economist</em>; Wayne Crews, Director of Technology Policy, Cato Institute; Eric Drexler, Chairman, Foresight Institute; Neil Jacobstein, Chairman, Institute for Molecular Manufacturing; and F. Mark Modzelewski, Executive Director, NanoBusiness Alliance.

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Is nanotechnology--the science and business of the very small--overhyped, or is it the "next big thing"? What are the implications of public vs. private funding for the emerging nanotechnology industry's long-term health and progress? Should government subsidize and promote it--constrain and regulate it--or simply leave it alone? Will federal funding also come with substantial consequences such as unwarranted regulation or blind research alleys? What are appropriate government and market approaches for averting possible environmental hazards or risks that nanotechnology might pose ( the so-called "gray goo" scenario)? Or does nanotech instead promise a cleaner environment? Might nanotechnology raise novel homeland security issues?

 10:30-11:00 a.m. Registration
 11:00-11:05 a.m. Wayne Crews—Welcoming Remarks
Director of Technology Policy, Cato Institute
 11:05 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Geoffrey Carr—Moderator
Kevin D. Ausman
Wayne Crews
Eric Drexler
Neil Jacobstein
F. Mark Modzelewski

 12:45-1:30 p.m. Reception and Buffet Luncheon

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