The Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET)

London, UK - 14 July 2007, 09:27 GMT

Dear ATCA Colleagues

[Please note that the views presented by individual contributors are not necessarily representative of the views of ATCA, which is neutral. ATCA conducts collective Socratic dialogue on global opportunities and threats.]

We are grateful to:

. Prof Nigel M de S Cameron, based in Chicago, Illinois, and Washington, DC, for "The Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET);"
. John Petersen, based in Washington, DC, and Arlington, Virginia, for "Solar Storms, Climate, Consciousness and Transition;"
. The Lord Howell of Guildford, based at The Palace of Westminster, London, for "Out of the Energy Labyrinth;"
. John Elkington based in London, UK, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, for "Diamonds, Clubs, Spades and Hearts;"
. Dr Thierry Malleret based in Geneva, Switzerland, for "The Lesson of Humility in dealing with Black Swans;"
. Andrew Leung based in London, UK, and frequent visitor to China, for "The China Black Swans;" and
. Prof Jean-Pierre Lehmann based in Ouchy and IMD Lausanne, Switzerland, for "Integrating The Black Swan in Corporate Global Trends Analysis;"

in response to the ATCA presentation, "Low Probability High Impact and Black Swan Events -- Considerations for Future Scenarios -- The Opportunity and Risk of Asymmetric Globalisation."

Professor Nigel M de S Cameron is Director of the Center on Nanotechnology and Society at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he is Research Professor of Bioethics, an Associate Dean at Chicago-Kent College of Law, and President of its affiliated Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future. He writes:

Dear DK and Colleagues

Re: The Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET)

The risk implications of rapid advancements in emerging technologies are shrewdly and prominently noted in the ATCA think piece by way of a synopsis of your keynote in Geneva on Low Probability High Impact and Black Swan Events.

[ATCA Membership]

Both advice and participation are invited via ATCA from this uniquely qualified network of distinguished colleagues, as the Washington, DC, based Center and its affiliated transatlantic conversation move ahead -- as we join in seeking a future in which the blessings of emerging technologies are applied to the human good, its banes are mitigated, and we gain the wisdom we need to distinguish the two.

Best wishes

Nigel Cameron

Prof Nigel M de S Cameron is originally from the UK, he has studied at Cambridge and Edinburgh universities and the Edinburgh Business School. His chief interest lies in the implications of emerging technologies for policy and human values. He has served as bioethics adviser on US diplomatic delegations to the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO, and was recently an invited US participant in the US Department of State/European Commission Perspectives on the Future of Science and Technology consultation in Varenna, Italy. He is a member of the United States National Commission for UNESCO, and of the advisory boards of the Converging Technologies Bar Association, the Nano Law and Business Journal, the World Healthcare Innovation and Technology Congress, and 2020 Health (UK).


We look forward to your further thoughts, observations and views. Thank you.

Best wishes

For and on behalf of DK Matai, Chairman, Asymmetric Threats Contingency Alliance (ATCA)

ATCA: The Asymmetric Threats Contingency Alliance is a philanthropic expert initiative founded in 2001 to resolve complex global challenges through collective Socratic dialogue and joint executive action to build a wisdom based global economy. Adhering to the doctrine of non-violence, ATCA addresses asymmetric threats and social opportunities arising from climate chaos and the environment; radical poverty and microfinance; geo-politics and energy; organised crime & extremism; advanced technologies -- bio, info, nano, robo & AI; demographic skews and resource shortages; pandemics; financial systems and systemic risk; as well as transhumanism and ethics. Present membership of ATCA is by invitation only and has over 5,000 distinguished members from over 120 countries: including 1,000 Parliamentarians; 1,500 Chairmen and CEOs of corporations; 1,000 Heads of NGOs; 750 Directors at Academic Centres of Excellence; 500 Inventors and Original thinkers; as well as 250 Editors-in-Chief of major media.

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