“When nanotechnology has to compete with, say, JonBenet, we know who’s going to win this week,” Flatow told a large lunchtime audience at the BioWest 2006 biotechnology conference in
on Wednesday. Denver
Unfortunately, the story offers few answers to the problem of how to actually go about engaging the public. Flatow believes that his latest project, talkingscience.org will be a first step in the right direction. Here is a semi-mission statement from the talkincscience.org web site:
Unfortunately, this seems to be just another outreach effort that is based on the “if you build it, they will come” philosophy, which been the foundation of so many (failed) attempts to inform the public about emerging technologies and engage them in science policy decisions that will directly impact their everyday lives.