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Imagining nanotechnology : cultural support for technical innovation in Europe and the United States


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TitleImagining nanotechnology : cultural support for technical innovation in Europe and the United States
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsGaskell, George, Eyck Toby Ten, Jackson Jonathan, and Veltri Guiseppe
JournalPublic Understanding of Science
Volume14
Start Page81
Issue1
Pagination81-90
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISSN Number0963-6625
Abstract

This paper compares two surveys looking at the public perceptions of technologies in the United States and Europe. The authors found that when asked if nanotechnology will improve our lives, 50% of Americans said yes, and 35% responded "don't know." In Europe, 29% of respondents said "yes" and 53% said "don't know." The authors suggest that people in the U.S. assimilate nanotechnology with a set of pro-technology cultural values, and in Europe, there is more concern about the impact of nanotechnology on the environment, less commitment to economic progress, and less confidence in regulation. The authors finally speculate on what this may mean for the future reception of nanotechnology in the U.S. and Europe.

DOI10.1177/0963662505048949