Which presidential candidate for nanotechnology?

Which presidential candidate for nanotechnology?

Nanodot readers in the U.S. may be asking, who should I vote for to promote nanotechnology? Good question! Your suggestions are welcome in the comments section.

Meanwhile, see this post by Prof. Robin Hanson (inventor of prediction markets, formerly called idea futures) about a tool that could be used to find out more clearly what is the consensus on such a question: a Presidential Decision Market. Longtime Foresight Senior Associate Peter McCluskey has funded a number of markets to express how the different candidates will effect various issues, from oil prices to government debt.

Nanotech isn’t on the list, yet. Maybe we should get a new market funded specifically on this issue. Those of you who have been with Foresight for a long time will recall that we experimented with an early prediction market quite a while back, under the guidance of Chris Hibbert, who now is working on open source prediction market software called Zocalo. Our enthusiasm for this type of useful social software continues. —Christine

About the Author:


  1. Dr. Michael R. Edelstein January 16, 2008 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Ron Paul is far and away the best candidate for the advance of nanotech research and applications. He is a free marketeer who would remove the resticting Federal regulatory and taxation apparatus hampering the emergence of new technologies.

    Dr. Michael R. Edelstein
    San Francisco

  2. John Howard January 16, 2008 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    DR. RON PAUL is the ideal Presidential candidate for nanotechnology and for all technological innovation. Viable technologies require free markets, without subsidies and without restraints, resulting in viable solutions in a sustainable market. Subsidies turn innovation into political footballs. DR. RON PAUL stands for free markets and unhindered innovation.

  3. m.methal January 24, 2008 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    what this country needs is:1)avocational training progfram specializing in manufacturing and maintainence skills 2)an agressive incentive program for modernizing and making competitive our steel, garment, shou,automotive, aviation,etc. industries 3) an agency to help market our products abroad 4)funding for hydrogen fuel research and creation of a hydrogen fuel system to replace fossil fuel.

Leave A Comment