Dec 2002: The Center for
established as a non-profit research and advocacy organization to "raise
awareness of the issues presented by advanced nanotechnology: the benefits
and dangers, and the possibilities for responsible use."
2003: We publish "Safe
Utilization of Advanced Nanotechnology," the first CRN position paper.
2003: CRN forms a
Advisors, including José Cordeiro, Eric Drexler, Jerry Glenn, Lisa
Hopper, Doug Mulhall, Rosa Wang, and Sinclair Wang (no relation).
Systems of Action," our second major position paper, is presented at an
international nanotechnology conference in Darmstadt, Germany.
of a Primitive Nanofactory," by CRN research director Chris Phoenix, is
published in a peer-reviewed journal. The article is later featured in
Information Week, March 21, 2005 issue.
Dec 2003: Chris Phoenix makes a
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board in
Jan 2004: We launch our blog,
Responsible Nanotechnology. To date, we have posted more than 800
articles, and received nearly 5000 comments.
2004: CRN is honored by
Nanotechnology Now as "Best Advocate" and "Best of the Best" for
2004: Arizona State University's Center for the Study of
Law, Science, and Technology begins a
collaborative research project with CRN.
2004: CRN publishes "Thirty
May 2004: Chris Phoenix is a session chair and featured
speaker on nanotechnology at the
Life Spring Forum in Dalian, China.
Chris Phoenix, with co-author Eric
Drexler, publishes "Safe
Exponential Manufacturing" in the journal Nanotechnology. The
article is covered by BBC News, C&E News, and others.
2004: Chris Phoenix is awarded a
research grant from the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts. In Aug
2005, results of this research are featured on
2004: CRN executive director Mike Treder delivers a
keynote speech at an international seminar on nanotechnology, in Sao
2005: CRN executive director Mike Treder participates in an
Expert Group Meeting in Trieste, Italy, sponsored by the United Nations
Industrial Development Organization.
2005: Upon request, we prepare a series of
white papers for the Congressionally mandated NAS/NRC study on
"Molecular Self-Assembly." Chris Phoenix is an invited panelist for the NRC
2005: Portions of
this website are
translated into Russian, joining our Chinese, Spanish, and Portuguese
2005: CRN participates in an exclusive
small gathering of nanotechnology policy experts convened in Vermont by
the Terasem Foundation.
Aug 2005: CRN announces the formation of a new
Global Task Force to
study the societal implications of advanced nanotechnology. Charter members
are Nick Bostrom, David Brin, Jerome Glenn, Ray Kurzweil, and Glenn
Responsible Nanotechnology weblog is chosen as one of the
Top 100 technology-oriented blogs by CNET News.
2005: CRN executive director Mike Treder
gives a talk at Yale University's Institute for Social and Policy
Studies, on "Transforming Society: Ethical Issues in the Nanotech