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'Is molecular robotics a friend or foe of the human being?' – Dr. Stephan Lingner participant in a panel discussion of the Chem-Bio Informatics Society in Tokyo, Japan, on 11. October 2018

Monday, 08 October 2018

Dr. Stephan Lingner, Deputy Director of the EA European Academy and head of Department Technology Assessment, will participate in a panel discussion of the Luncheon Seminar of the Chem-Bio Informatics Society in Tokyo, Japan, on the 11th of October. The panel discussion will be dedicated to different aspects of molecular robotics and will be held at the 2nd International Conference on Molecular Robot Ethics.

Molecular robotics is an emerging discipline involving the design and creation of artificial biological robots with sense and intelligence based on DNA nano-technology including DNA origami and DNA computing. Although the current accomplishments are still in remaining at the experimental stage, the potential applicability of molecular robotics is immense, and so are the negative implications such as bioterrorism.

In addition to Dr. Lingner the panel discussion will be attended by Prof. Akihiko Konagaya (TITECH), Naoto Kawahara (Kyushu University), Prof. Ryuma Shineha (Seijo University), Dr. Erika Szymanski (The University of Edinburgh, UK) und Prof. Kenneth Oye (MIT Political Science, USA).