Nanotech Scenario Series
PRESS RELEASE: MARCH 9, 2009
Mike Treder Takes New Position at
Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Mike Treder, executive director of the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology,
leaves that position effective March 9, 2009, to become managing director of the
Institute for Ethics and Emerging
Technologies. Treder co-founded CRN in 2002 with nanotechnologist Chris
Phoenix, who will continue to direct the organization. Dr. James Hughes,
executive director and co-founder of IEET, made the announcement.
"Mike is someone with a well-earned reputation for knowledge and expertise about
a wide range of subjects, which he combines with a passion and competence in
growing successful organizations," said Dr. Hughes. "We feel lucky to have him,
and we're confident that he will help us better achieve our mission while at the
same time expanding the important work he's done so well at CRN."
Mr. Treder, who has been a fellow of the IEET since its founding in 2004, said,
"CRN and the IEET have always had close ties and overlapping missions. In this
new role I can continue informing people about the disruptive potential of
molecular manufacturing while working within the broader scope of the IEET."
"I look forward to engaging with Mike in his new position at the IEET to promote
closer collaboration between our two organizations," said Mr. Phoenix. "We've
accomplished a lot in raising awareness about the risks and benefits of advanced
nanotechnology, and I'm sure we'll continue sharing and progressing toward the
The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology is a non-profit research and advocacy
organization concerned with the major military, societal, and environmental
implications of molecular manufacturing. CRN promotes public awareness and
education, with the aim of creating and implementing wise, comprehensive, and
balanced plans for global management of the technology. Mr. Treder will remain
on the Board of Advisors for CRN.
The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies is a globally-oriented think
tank that promotes the work of experts who examine the social implications of
scientific and technological progress. IEET aims to contribute to the
understanding of the impact of emerging technologies on individuals and
societies, and to help shape public policies that distribute the benefits and
reduce the risks of technological advancement.
Mr. Treder is a prolific writer, speaker, and activist with a background in
technology and communications company management. His essays on the
blog have gained a wide following, and he will continue to write as part of the
Technology blog. As an accomplished presenter on the societal implications
of emerging technologies, Mr. Treder has addressed conferences and groups around
the world, including in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Spain,
Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil. Mr. Treder lives in New York City.
Mr. Treder's other affiliations include:
Board of Directors, Humanity+
Scientific Advisory Board, Lifeboat Foundation
Advisory Board, Global Risks Council
Consultant, Future Technologies Advisory Group
Editorial Advisory Board, Nanotech Briefs
Consultant, AC/UNU Millennium Project