Science and Technology Innovation Program
According to Andrew Maynard, chief science advisor for the Wilson Center's Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, a project created in partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts, the release of Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology: An Information Exchange with NIOSH and Strategic Plan for NIOSH Nanotechnology Research: Filling the Knowledge Gaps is a small but important step forward by the U.S. government to address the possible health implications of nanotechnology.
Social media is responsible for much positive change in the world. But these new tools can be used by bad actors to foment strife and undermine stability, as seen during violent incidents in the Assam state of northeast India in July 2012. Cybersecurity efforts must take into account the growing potential for cyber-attack using social media, where hoax messages are incorporated into a stream of otherwise legitimate messages, and understand how quickly mobile apps and text services can disseminate false information.
Ted Gordon is a futurist and management consultant who founded The Futures Group in 1971.This 25-minute video captures key points from a presentation at the Woodrow Wilson Center that occurred on October 16, 2001. The talk focused on the evolution of futures research, its promises, and its relation to planning and policymaking. Among a varied and impressive background, Mr. Gordon currently serves as Senior Research Fellow for the Millennium Project of the American Council of the Unites Nations University. The Millennium Project, which he first proposed in 1988, is a global activity that links futurists, scholars, and political and corporate decision makers in a structured inquiry into global issues and solutions.
Products incorporating nanotechnology have become a global, multi-billion dollar industry yet much of the public knows little about nano's potential impact on the environment, human health, and privacy. A three-part tv series, "Nanotechnology: The Power of Small," airing in April, will explore these issues.
Geoff Dabelko, Director of the Environmental Change and Security Project at the Woodrow Wilson CenterIf environmental problems remain a major challenge in the 21st century, poverty and affluence will be critical factors in shaping that challenge. During the 20th century, rich nations developed a particular pattern of pollution and environmental degradation -- which has yet to be adequately addressed. Likewise, poor nations began despoiling the environment and squandering resources in ways that were distinctive to them. (First broadcast July 19-25, 1999)