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The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (CRN) is a non-profit research and advocacy think tank concerned with the major societal and environmental implications of advanced nanotechnology. We are a modern, networked, virtual organization -- with no "brick and mortar" -- a collection of more than 100 volunteers, over 1000 interested followers, and a small team of primary coordinators. We are also independent, with no direct affiliation to any government, business, or academic organization.
CRN got started in December 2002 as a result of email conversations about nanotechnology between Mike Treder and Chris Phoenix. Mike, who had a background in technology company management, realized that molecular manufacturing was coming sooner than most people expected, and the consequences could be very bad if the world was caught unprepared; Chris, who had studied this technology for over a decade, realized that it was time to act on his understanding of the situation. The conversation rapidly gained energy, and Mike and Chris knew almost immediately that they should collaborate on something. We have grown since that small beginning into an organization with a strong reputation and significant influence.
CRN engages individuals and groups to better understand the implications of molecular manufacturing and to focus on the real risks and benefits of the technology. Our goal is the creation and implementation of wise, comprehensive, and balanced plans for responsible worldwide use of this transformative technology.
The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology is a program of World Care, an international non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Opinions expressed by CRN do not necessarily reflect those of World Care.
CRN is completely dependent on small grants and individual contributions. Donations to CRN / World Care are deductible as charitable contributions for income tax purposes.
CRN Strategist on Societal
Response, is the founder of AzaBot Research which is building an
interactive natural language system for teaching school age children about
nature and environmental issues. He is a an adviser to a variety of
technology companies including ZoEmail.com, emanio.com, cloudlink.net,
Procinct.com and Cataporha. His work focuses on appropriate use of
technologies in common and complex situations.
Tom Cowper, CRN Special Representative on
Governmental Affairs and Homeland Security,
is a 21-year law enforcement veteran and a former US Marine. He is active in
the research and development of technologies for policing, public safety and
homeland security applications, and writes and speaks about the implications
of emerging technology on law enforcement, government, and society. Tom has
a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, a Master's Degree
in Public Administration, and serves on the Board of Directors of the
Police Futurists International.
Nato Welch, CRN Tech Support Specialist, is a freelance
web developer who also volunteers for the
Foundation. As an advocate of free and open source principles that have
grown up around software, Nato seeks to discover, describe, and apply such
peer-to-peer principles to solving problems surrounding emerging
technologies and public policy.
is President of the
Sociedad Mundial del Futuro
Venezuela, and author of The Great Taboo. An engineer and economist with expertise
in global affairs, he is Director of the Club of Rome (Venezuela), and an international adviser to
several companies and organizations. As Director of the Association
of Venezuelan Exporters (AVEX), he has participated in the negotiations of
the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). |
K. Eric Drexler,
often described as the 'father of
nanotechnology', is a researcher, author, and policy advocate focused on
emerging technologies and their consequences for the future. He pioneered
the study of nanotechnology, introducing the term
in 1986 to describe Richard Feynman's vision of nanomachines building
products with atomic precision. He has authored three books on this topic,
and is the founder of the
Foresight Institute, a non-profit educational organization that aims
to help society prepare for emerging technological revolutions.
Drexler obtained an SB and SM from the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, and was awarded a Ph.D. from MIT in Molecular Nanotechnology,
the first degree of its kind. His book
Nanosystems was awarded the AAP 1992 Most Outstanding Computer
Science Book. Drexler's personal web site is located at
Jerome C. Glenn is the Executive Director for the
American Council for the United Nations University, where he co-founded
and directs the Millennium Project on global futures research. He has 30
years experience in futures research with governments, corporations, and
international organizations working for the Committee for the Future, Hudson
Institute, Future Options Room, Millennium Project, and as an independent
consultant. He has written over 90 articles and authored, edited, or
co-authored eight books on the future.|
Lisa Hopper is President and Founder of
World Care, a non-profit
organization dedicated to raising consciousness in the education, health,
environmental, and community service arenas. World Care converts surplus
into valuable resources for relief efforts throughout the world, creating
opportunities for those who are less fortunate by providing the necessary
Douglas Mulhall is the author of
Our Molecular Future. He is a leading
figure in global environmentalism, and has participated in designing,
building, and operating water recycling and flood control facilities in
China and Brazil, in cooperation with the European Commission and
multinational companies. A former Managing Director of the Hamburg
Environmental Institute, he is cofounder and director of O Instituto
Ambiental, the first South American institute to specialize in wastewater
Treder, co-founder of CRN, is now serving as Managing Director of
the Institute for Ethics and Emerging
Technologies. He attended the University of Washington in Seattle,
majoring in Biology. As an accomplished presenter on the societal
implications of emerging technologies, Mike has addressed conferences and
groups in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Spain, Germany, Italy,
Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, and Brazil. He lives in New York City.|
Rosa Wang is founder and principal of
GeographicEngine.com, which offers financial and strategic advisory to
non-profits. In addition, she serves as consultant for
Ashoka Innovators for the Public, a non-profit organization dedicated to
the profession of social entrepreneurship. Rosa has extensive experience in
finance and economic policy based in North America and Asia. Her past
employers include Dresdner RCM Global Investors, Lehman Brothers, and the
Federal Reserve Bank of NY.|
|Sinclair T. Wang is CEO and Founder of Tainano, which focuses on worldwide nanotechnology knowledge systems management, with a special interest in MNT development in the region of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Singapore. Dr. Wang is the publisher of the Taiwan Nanotechnology Newsletter (TNN) in Chinese. He has more than 25 years consulting experience in technology integration and environmental sustainability, and lectures frequently on the importance of nanotechnology systems management.|
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