Using the much-lamented flying car as proxy for expectations of the future that didn't happen as planned, we see that achieving success demands more than just showing that something is technically possible.
Given that technology has the power of shaping the world, scientists and engineers who are in the forefront of technological development have the moral obligation to be vigilant of any adverse consequences and to make efforts in disseminating proper knowledge to the general public.
Life has managed to find a way since the first living cells started to appear on Earth nearly 4 billion years ago. Let me provide some examples of how natural, bottom-up (or self-assembly) processes are now being mimicked to provide technological breakthroughs.
Coordinated risk regulation in advance of product development would encourage America's innovators to more aggressively explore low-risk/high-potential-value terrain while freeing up resources to move dual use oversight into the 21st century.