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ERIC Number: EJ779391
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 89
ISSN: ISSN-0270-4676
Are We Really the Prey? Nanotechnology as Science and Science Fiction
Bowman, Diana M.; Hodge, Graeme A.; Binks, Peter
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v27 n6 p435-445 2007
Popular culture can play a significant role in shaping the acceptance of evolving technologies, with nanotechnology likely to be a case in point. The most popular fiction work to date in this arena has been Michael Crichton's techno-thriller "Prey," which fuses together nanotechnology science with science fiction. Within the context of "Prey," this article examines the role that scientists and popular culture play in educating society, and one another, about emerging technologies. In differentiating fact from fiction, the article reflects on how such distinctions may be important in proactive public dialogue projects. The article concludes that popular culture will be a key factor in informing citizen beliefs about the coming nano-age. Accordingly, governments, in conjunction with the scientific community, will need to be proactive in distinguishing science fact from science fiction for the benefit of their citizens.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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