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Nanotechnology and equity issues explored in new book
Date:11/18/2010

Scientists and policymakers both contend that investments in nanoscale science and engineering will create revolutions in areas as diverse as materials, drug delivery, cancer treatment, and space travel. The hope is that many of the problems of today can be addressed using nanotechnology enabled products. While new technologies often do provide solutions to pressing issues, they also can exacerbate other social problems or create entirely new ones. The newly-released book Nanotechnology and the Challenges of Equity, Equality and Development, the second volume in the Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS-ASU) series "Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society," looks at the potential ways nanotechnology will change the fabric of society. Published by Springer, it was co-edited by CNS-ASU's assistant director for education Jameson Wetmore, who is an assistant professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, and Susan Cozzens, a CNS-ASU senior investigator, professor of public policy at Georgia Tech and director of its Technology Policy and Assessment Center.

"This book is the first major work that explores the current and potential future relationship between equity and nanotechnology," said Wetmore. "It brings together authors from six continents who examine the wide number of groups that might benefit or suffer from new developments in nanotechnology including women, industrial workers, differently-abled people, developing countries, and the poor." Wetmore also co-edited the first volume in the "Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society" series, Presenting Futures.

Nanotechnology could alter distributional dynamics and raise important issues about fairness around the globe. It could greatly aid the economies and public health of poor areas, or it could increase the gulf between poor and rich ones. As with any new technology, the costs and benefits of nanotechnology are unlikely to be spread evenly around the world. The changes will
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Contact: Cathy Arnold
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480-965-0555
Arizona State University
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