Angels and the Institute For Nanotechnology
Nanotech industry front group use Indymedia to talk to angels
an angel, 15.12.2004 14:02
Nanotech industry front, group Institute of Nanotechnology have taken to using the UK Indymedia Newswire in an attempt to make contact with "Angels Against Nanotechnology".
The Institute is offering the Angels the opportunity to make a presentation at the January meeting of their Advisory Group. The same invitation has been posted on the front page of the Institutes own website and has been sent to the angels email address.
What is the institute?
The role of the institute is to promote the interests of the Nanotech industry in the UK and beyond. They work closely with governments, universities, researchers and companies involved in nanotechnology and undertake work to assess, promote and expand the nanotech industry in the UK and Europe.
The institute pride themselves on their close links with industry and has worked with companies such as BP, ICI, Unilever, Syngenta, GSK, BNFL, Toshiba, Sharp and General Electric
Current corporate members of the institute include Unilever, Degussa, Lot Oriel, Sulzer, Veeco, QinetiQ, INSTM, Toshiba, Merck and ICI
Angels Against Nanotech http://angelsagainstnanotech.blogspot.com
Indymedia postings about the recent Angels action:
press release http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2004/12/302565.html
The origianal invitation from the Institute of Nanotechnology can be seen as comment 11 at
repost of original invite
reposted from http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2004/12/302576.html
Invitation to Present
The Institute of Nanotechnology has extended an invitation to the 'Angels Against Nanotech' to present their views at the next meeting of the Advisory Group of the Institute, on January 20th in London.
"Nanotechnology is about the design of many new products using our understanding of about how things work at the very small scale. We all benefit already from nanotechnology - it has led to the invention of DVD players, life-saving air bags in our cars and is now leading to successful treatments for hitherto fatal brain tumours".
"Those of us involved in nanotechnology are keen to explore any public concerns. I unreservedly recommend interested individuals read the recent independent study by the Royal Society / Royal Academy of Engineering on 'Nanosciences and nanotechnologies - opportunities and uncertainties' This report can be downloaded free at http://www.nanotec.org.uk/finalReport.htm. This reflects very much the views and attitude of the Institute", stated Ottilia Saxl, CEO of the Institute.
Institute of Nanotechnology
Reply from the Angels
Dear Institute of Nanotechnology,
We write to decline your invitation to make a presentation at your earthly gathering in January. Firstly, we are flattered by the lengths to which you have gone to make contact with us. However, having had several long meetings on the matter (yes even in heaven there are meetings), the angels have decided that we have little to gain by entering into dialogue with an organisation that can only ever represent the interests of industry and not the concerns of the public (and quite frankly we smell a PR scented rat). Given your role as arch promoters of the Nanotech industry (and indeed being in their pay) we suspect that your intentions are not pure. Perhaps your aim is to clip our wings by attempting to either co-opt or contain us? At the very least we fear that as we fail to find common ground over dinner conversation will become a little stilted.
The debate about nanotechnology needs to take in the public domain and not behind closed doors.
So the Angels will remain enigmatic, aloof and mysterious until our next earthly appearance.
The Angels will remain free!
Angels Against Nanotechnology