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Mon Dec 3, 2012

Reilly Center Forum - W. Patrick McCray. “California Dreaming: The Golden State’s Influence on Imaginings, Policies, and Narratives of Nanotechnology”

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Location: 200 McKenna Hall

W. Patrick McCray, “California Dreaming: The Golden State’s Influence on Imaginings, Policies, and Narratives of Nanotechnology”

Abstract
Despite its seeming newness, nanotechnology already has many different historical narratives. From seminal speeches at the start of the Space Age to futuristic imaginings in the 1980s to industrial commercialization in the 1990s, the emergence of nanotechnology as an idea and a research program connects to California in a variety of ways. In this talk, I explore how the West Coast version of nanotechnology resonated among researchers, policy makers, the media, and the public within and beyond the Golden State. Seen more broadly, this California-infused perspective gives insights into the nature of technological ecosystems, historical analogies, and the challenges posed by competing historical narratives.…

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