New Course at Vassar: The Societal Implications of Emergent Nanotechnology

New Course at Vassar:
STS 254-1 Molecular Coordinates: The Societal Implications of Emergent Nanotechnology
This course is designed to enable you to analyze dynamics and relationships germane to the domestic arenas of emergent nanotechnological research and development from approximately 1980-2006, and, in turn, the enmeshed ethical, societal, legal, martial, political and imaginary implications they suggest.   Our course will place a particular emphasis on tracking the traffic of science fictional concepts and discourses in the formation of nanotechnology, its public perception to date and possible future significance.  Mr. Bennett

My thesis focuses on these themes in the context of Gray Goo,   and I’m very excited that Vassar is starting a nanotechnology course!  

Dr. Bennett gave a presentation on nanotechnology as an ‘adolescent technology’ a couple weeks ago to members of the Science, Technology, and Society department. Though I’ve spent the past several months studying nanotechnology in social terms, he had new broad perspectives on the field.

If you can, take this course. Bennett is personally familiar with Eric Drexler who coined the word ‘nanotechnology’ in the English language. It’s hard to find someone who has as broad an understanding of the issues in nanotechnology as Bennett. He may be that source of nanowisdom Vassar will benefit from.
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