chapter  11
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The Ethical Agenda for NT

The lack of public understanding of science is well documented.1 Whether due to weak K-12 science curricula, over-simplified and sensationalized media accounts, or simple lack of interest, our ability to assess the goals and outcomes of science and technology on a broad social level is increasingly compromised. The effects of rapid pace, increasing complexity, and greater uncertainty complicate decisions regarding investment, regulatory oversight, and global economic strategy. At no time has our need for broadly situated expertise and an informed citizenship been greater. Yet, nanotechnology is poised to present the most sweeping and significant challenges we have yet faced with respect to nanotechnology, and we seem ill-prepared to confront it with the practical wisdom it deserves.