Roco on global governance
Mihail Roco, senior adviser on nanotechnology to the US National Science Foundation, proposed an “open source” approach to the regulation of nanotechnology. Systems of governance must be transparent and easy to adapt if they are to withstand the rapid pace of research worldwide.
According to Roco, nanotechnology is now in its second stage of development. Beginning in 2000, the emphasis was on passive nanostructures whereas today the focus now includes active formulations for applications such as drug delivery and electronics. The next step will be the evolution of systems of nanostructures for performing multiple tasks followed eventually by self-assembling molecular devices and networks.
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