Center for Responsible Nanotechnology
Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (CRN) is a non-profit research and advocacy organization with a focus on molecular manufacturing and its possible effects, both positive and negative. CRN is a modern, networked and virtual organization with a leadership team, a Board of Advisors, Special Associates, a 60+ member Global Task Force, a collection of more than 100 volunteers and 1250+ interested followers.
CRN's stated goal is the creation and implementation of wise, comprehensive, and balanced plans for responsible worldwide use of this transformative technology. Subgoals include:
- Raise awareness of the benefits, the dangers, and the possibilities for responsible use of advanced nanotechnology
- Expedite a thorough examination of the environmental, humanitarian, economic, military, political, social, medical, and ethical implications of molecular manufacturing
- Assist in the creation and implementation of wise, comprehensive and balanced plans for responsible worldwide use of this transformative technology
The purpose is not to predict but to prepare, not to determine exactly when and how nanotechnology will enable disruptive molecular manufacturing, but to stimulate effective preparation for it, whenever and however it comes.
In August 2005, the organization created a task force of 60+ international experts from various fields to develop comprehensive recommendations for the safe and responsible use of nanotechnology. A series of eleven essays written by members of this CRN Task Force was published in March 2006 by the journal Nanotechnology Perceptions. The Center has sometimes been criticized for concentrating too heavily on the dangers posed by nanotechnology.
CRN provides information to journalists, business leaders, policymakers and the general public about the environmental, humanitarian, economic, military, political, social, medical, and ethical implications of advanced nanotechnology.
- Suggested resource[dead link] University of Minnesota
- Analysis of their information provision North Carolina State University
- Nano Ethics Database Illinois Institute of Technology