A May 22, 2017 news item on Nanowerk describes the outcome of a recent citizen engagement event held in Paris (France) on the topic of brain-machine interfaces (Note: A link has been removed),
In April , Nano2All, a EU Horizon 2020 [a multi-year European science funding programme] project, organized a citizen dialogue on the role of nanotechnologies in the field of brain-machine interfaces.
The dialogue scenario included a short introduction, the building of a ‘future object’ by pairs of participants, the production of two narratives associated to each object, and finally a reflection on values, needs, and concerns, that emerged from this work.
The dialogue had 11 participants (6 women, 5 men): three young adults, 5 adults, and 3 seniors. The role of youngsters in the exercise of building an object was essential. In fact, their imagination and their futuristic visions allowed adults and senior to let themselves free to create and imagine in the first, creative part of the workshop.
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You can find all of the preliminary results from the ‘Paris’ dialogue here (PDF). You can find the Nano2All website here. For anyone interested in the project’s reports and findings, see the Resources webpage. One final comment, I wonder if there’ll ever be any similar citizen engagement events here in Canada.