Thinking Small, Thinking Ahead
That’s what Davis Baird and his team at the University of South Carolina NanoCenter are doing. Baird, a philosopher by trade, isn’t interested in how many angels can dance on the head of a pin – probably because pins aren’t small enough. Baird is interested in nanotechnology, specifically the impact of emerging and imagined nanotechnologies. Baird’s prophylactic mission – the goal is to uncover (potential) social and ethical problems posed by nanotechnology – is an excellent idea, and both he and USC deserve to be applauded for their forward-thinking.