ETC Group launches International Nano-Hazard Symbol Design Competition
Like to dabble in art? Concerned about nanotechnology-"the world's most powerful (and potentially dangerous) technology"? Why not combine both interests and enter the ETC Group's International Nano-Hazard Symbol Design Competition? As the ETC Group explains:
Biotechnology, nuclear power, toxic chemicals, electromagnetic radiation — each of these technological hazards has a universally recognized warning symbol associated with it. So why not nanotechnology — the world's most powerful (and potentially dangerous) technology?
Critics will be quick to answer that question with the fact that nanotechnology hasn't demonstrated any of the harmful effects that warrant a warning symbol like the ones associated with nuclear power and toxic chemicals. But ETC may have the last laugh with a symbol that will both focus and exacerbate public fears.
On the other hand, the whole thing may backfire on them when people realize that so many naturally occurring substances contain nanoparticles that labeling will be impossible.