Presenting Futures

  • Erik Fisher
  • Cynthia Selin
  • Jameson M. Wetmore

Part of the The Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society book series (YNTS, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXVI
  2. Guillermo Foladori, Noela Invernizzi
    Pages 23-36
  3. Christine Peterson
    Pages 37-47
  4. Steven C. Currall, Eden B. King, Neal Lane, Juan Madera, Stacy Turner
    Pages 109-116
  5. Volker Türk
    Pages 117-122
  6. Agilent Technologies
    Pages 147-148
  7. Ira Bennett
    Pages 149-155
  8. Lieve Goorden, Michiel van Oudheusden, Johan Evers, Marian Deblonde
    Pages 163-182
  9. Griffith A. Kundahl
    Pages 183-194
  10. Erik Fisher, Cynthia Selin, Jameson M. Wetmore
    Pages 201-205
  11. Scott Walsh, Terry Medley
    Pages 207-213
  12. Meyya Meyyappan
    Pages 227-239
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 303-308

About this book


The ideas and imagery about the future that characterize nanotechnology today are shaped by multiple values and agendas which influence public investments,business strategies, infrastructure design, and public debate. Presenting Futures highlights a variety of ways that nanotechnology actors think about and seek to shape the future. It brings together social scientists, humanists, government officials, activist groups, designers, and public relations professionals into a multifaceted and at times conflicting dialogue through press releases, government reports, and advertisements taken from the front lines of the political discourse over nanotechnology, as well as original writings that situate nanotechnological futures within broader contexts. The chapters in this volume document various approaches to the future and how contemporary cultural conceptions about science, technology, and society are created and ultimately influence our own cognitive frames, social contests, and material practices.

More than a catalogue of visions, the Yearbook is designed to give social scientists, natural scientists, and the general public an opportunity to explore, reflect on, and ultimately critique these futures. In asking not so much what the future of nanotechnology may be, but rather how different social groups and organizations imagine and anticipate it, the Yearbook offers a series of starting points for exploring the role of the future in the present.


Ethical, Legal, and Society Implications (ELSI) High Tech Nanotechnologie Nation environment foresight future nanotechnology safety science and technology science policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Erik Fisher
    • 1
  • Cynthia Selin
    • 1
  • Jameson M. Wetmore
    • 1
  1. 1.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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