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Leading experts worldwide to help guide research on nanotechnology's social impact
The Nanoethics Group today announced appointing a distinguished list of members to its Advisory Board, as public interest grows concerning nanotechnology's impact on ethics and society. These new members represent many diverse fields - such as business, education, science, economics, law, medicine, ethics, and more - to provide guidance on an equally-broad range of important issues. The Nanoethics Group's Advisory Board is comprised of approximately 30 leading thinkers from around the world, including:
"Nanotechnology is predicted to touch nearly every industry and every part
of our lives, so studying its ethical and social implications must be a
collaborative effort," explained Patrick Lin, Ph.D., research director for
The Nanoethics Group. "By building a community of notable experts, we can
leverage their different experiences and years of thinking - ensuring that
our work considers other viewpoints and is not conducted in a vacuum."
Nanoethics is the study of moral and societal issues arising from nanotechnology, such as those related to environmental safety, privacy, human enhancement, longevity, terrorism, and more. Hailed as "The Next Industrial Revolution" that will bring profound benefits to humanity, nanotechnology may be reasonably expected to cause massive social, economic and political disruption, given the nature of such revolutions. The hope with nanoethics, however, is that we can learn from history and address these critical issues now while nanotechnology is still emerging, thereby heading off possible problems before they occur.
"As interest in nanotechnology grows, we hope to continue to attract a high caliber of individuals concerned about nanoethics, particularly in other relevant areas such as theology and public policy, and even if they disagree with us," continued Dr. Lin. "In fact, we have intentionally included opposing viewpoints on our current Advisory Board, since we believe that a free market of competing ideas will give us the best chance of arriving at the right conclusions."
About The Nanoethics Group:
The Nanoethics Group is a non-partisan and independent research organization formed to study nanotechnology's impact on society and related ethical issues. As professional ethicists, we help to identify and evaluate possible harms and conflicts as well as to bring balance and common sense to the debate. Our mission is to educate and advise both organizations and the broader public on these issues as a foundation to guide policy and responsible research.
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