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Regulating Emerging Technologies

Should We Regulate Convergent Technologies as Platforms?

Leili Fatehi, Visiting Scholar
November 15th from 12:30 - 1:30 in the Stassen Room, Humphrey Center

A synergistic set of emerging technologies--nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and cognitive science (NBIC)--have been identified both individually and collectively as having enormous potential to enable new products, services, and processes to serve many pressing human needs. These emerging technologies are referred to as "convergent" technologies because they share certain unifying principles and tools that allow for their combined deployment in a manner that transcends disciplinary separation. They are also referred to as "platform" technologies because they provide upstream tools and processes that enable a wide variety of downstream applications across many disciplines and industries. This presentation will focus on the unique regulatory challenges presented by these technologies with special focus on how different regulatory approaches may affect innovation in these fields.


This is the fifth talk in the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Feedback and Research (STEP FAR) Seminars. STEP FAR is designed for students, staff, faculty, and fellows to get together in an informal setting to discuss their projects, research-in-progress, opportunities, and a variety of other issues related to science, technology, environment, energy, and policy.

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