Keywords: nanoscience, nanotoxicology, risk-benefit analysis, risk communication, risk management, risk perception, nanotechnology, perceived risks
Communicating the risks, and the benefits, of nanotechnology
Issues surrounding the wide spectrum of (perceived) risks and possible benefits associated with the rapid advance of modern nanotechnology are deliberated. These include the current realities of nanotechnological hazards, their impact vis-a-vis perceived nanotech-risks and perceived nanotech-benefits, and the consequent repercussions on the public and society. It is argued that both the risks and the benefits of nanoscientific advances must be properly communicated if the public is to support this emerging technology.