Rob Goble, Clark University
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Emerging technologies such as nanotechnology pose a variety of challenges to risk management depending on the nature of the information available. Sometimes there is little or no information about whether a hazard exists, and the issue is coping with the “unknown”; sometimes there is a sudden discovery, a “surprise” that requires interpretation. Or much information may be available, but the information base may be in flux with new aspects acquiring prominence. In all cases there may be strong interests eager to present and interpret particular aspects of the information base.