This brief seeks to describe the policy implications of a newly completed MISTRA research project on the advancement of emerging technologies in
South Africa, and the lessons we can draw from relevant international experiences.
South Africa has made substantial progress in the research and development of nanotechnology and biotechnology. In developing countries, these emerging technologies have the potential to increase productivity and advance human progress in an increasingly technology-driven world. They are reshaping the landscape of science and technology.
However, the potential benefits of these technologies Nanotechnology should develop in parallel with studies in nanoethics and nanotoxicity
Beyond Imagination: The Ethics and Applications of Nanotechnology and Bio-Economics in South Africa also pose risks to human health and the environment and it is therefore important that consideration is given to protecting users, researchers and otherswho interact with nanomaterial and biomaterial.
In addition, the progress of these technologies requires support and collaboration from a vast pool of stakeholders. Looking at the imperative for collaboration, at
both the potential benefits and risks of emerging technologies and at current policy, this brief distils the policy implications for nanotechnology, biotechnology and the National System of Innovation (NSI) in South Africa arising out of MISTRA’s research.
Research by Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA)