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Nanotechnology – The Next Revolution

Event Ideas

The following is a list of resources that may be used for chapter meetings and events. Ideas range from book clubs to movie nights and from roundtable discussions to large events.


Suggested Speakers

  • Phaedon Avouris, PhD
    Manager, Nanometer Scale Science & Technology
    IBM Research Division

  • K. Eric Drexler,
    Chairman and President
    Foresight Institute, Palo Alto, CA

  • Congressman Michael M. Honda (CA)
    Member of House Committee on Science
    Represents Silicon Valley, CA

  • Ralph C. Merkle
    Professor, Georgia Tech College of Computing
    Director, GTISC (Georgia Tech Information Security Center)
    Vice President, Technology Assessment, Foresight Institute

  • Chris Phoenix
    Director Research & Co-Founder
    Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (CRN)

  • Peter A. Singer
    University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics

  • Eric Werwa, PhD
    Legislative Assistant in Rep. Mike Honda's Washington office, where he is responsible for nanotechnology legislation and policy


Books and Publications

  • Engines of Creation, The Coming Era of Nanotechnology by K. Eric Drexler

  • Nanotechnology: Molecular Speculations on Global Abundance by BC Crandall
    Presents the basic principles of molecular nanotechnology to a nontechnical audience, and speculates about some early applications.

  • Genetics, and Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Our World by Douglas Mulhall
    Proposes that molecular nanotechnology and machine intelligence will be needed to survive coming natural disasters.

  • There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom, An Invitation to Enter a New Field of Physics by Richard P Feynman
    The transcript of the classic talk that Richard Feynman gave in 1959 where he first introduced the idea of molecular manufacturing.


  • Prey by Michael Crichton
    Crichton's contribution to Nanotechnology and the "Grey Goo Problem".

  • The First Immortal by James L. Halperin
    Explores nanotechnology's impact on the future of humanity, with special attention to cryonics and life extension


  • Nanotech wrapped in federal support by Jon Van (Chicago Tribune, 27/11/2003)

  • Nanoparticles clearly finger the culprit by Jenny Hogan (, 11/03/2003)

  • Not Science Fiction: An Elevator to Space by Kenneth Chang (The New York Times, 09/23/2003)

  • Make Robots Not War, Some Scientists Refuse to Get Paid for Killer Ideas by Eric Baard (The Village Voice, September 10-16, 2003)

  • 'Mind the gap': science and ethics in nanotechnology by Anisa Mnyusiwalla, Abdallah S. Daar and Peter A. Singer (Institute of Physics Publishing Ltd, Electronic Journals, 02/17/2003)

  • Nanotech may spark fierce ethical row (BBC News Online, 02/14/2003)

  • Forward to the Future: Nanotechnology and Regulatory Policy by Glenn Harlan Reynolds (Pacific Research Institute, 11/2002)

  • Responsible Nanotechnology: Looking Beyond the Good News by Vicki Colvin (EurekAlert – Nanotechnology In Context, November 2002)

  • EU Continues to Promote Nanotech Funding by Michael Pastore (,10/07/2002)

  • Is nanotechnology hazardous to the environment? by The Associated Press (in: USA, 09/09/2002)

  • Studying nanotech's social impact by Gene J. Koprowski, United Press International, (in: The Washington Post Online, 08/28/2003)

  • Nanotechnology and Mass Destruction: The Need for an Inner Space Treaty by Sean Howard (Disarmament Diplomacy Issue No. 65, July - August 2002)