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Title: National Needs Drivers for Nanotechnology

National Needs Drivers for Nanotechnology Societal needs related to demographics, resources, and human behavior will drive technological advances over the next 20 years. Nanotechnology is anticipated to be an important enabler of these advances, and thus maybe anticipated to have significant influence on new systems approaches to solving societal problems as well as on extending current science and technology-based applications. To examine the potential implications of nanotechnology a societal needs-driven approach is taken. Thus the methodology is to present the definition of the problem, and then examine system concepts, technology issues, and promising future directions. We approach the problem definition from a national and global security perspective and identify three key areas involving the condition of the planet, the human condition, and global security. In anticipating societal issues in the context of revolutionary technologies, such as maybe enabled by nanoscience, the importance of working on the entire life cycle of any technological solution is stressed.
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OSTI Identifier:OSTI ID: 765028
Report Number(s):SAND2000-2485C
TRN: AH200102%%24
DOE Contract Number:AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:Conference
Resource Relation:Conference: Societal Implications of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (sponsored by NSET, NSF), Arlington, VA (US), 09/28/2000--09/29/2000; Other Information: PBD: 9 Oct 2000
Research Org:Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM (US); Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA (US)
Sponsoring Org:US Department of Energy (US)
Country of Publication:United States
Language:English
Subject: 42 ENGINEERING; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; MICROELECTRONICS; MINIATURIZATION; SOCIAL IMPACT; HUMAN FACTORS; LIFE-CYCLE COST