Faculty Advisor

Burnham, Nancy A.

Abstract

Nanotechnology has vast potential to benefit humanity, though some people think it is too dangerous to pursue further. In response, possible fail-safe mechanisms are proposed that could prevent potential harm. By educating individuals through a Wikipedia article and surveying 348 people, it was determined that social acceptance of nanotechnology increases as the level of self-proclaimed knowledge of nanotechnology increases, confirming the hypothesis that a greater knowledge about nanotechnology will result in its greater acceptance.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2009

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Physics

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