Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors



Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


android tablet pc

Home > News > The Ethics and Politics of Nanotechnology

July 10th, 2006

The Ethics and Politics of Nanotechnology

Abstract:
Nanotechnologies currently are one of the most rapidly developing fields of technology with many promising applications in medicine, energy, manufacturing and communication. Like any new technology, it raises ethical issues; and the possible benefits and harms are increasingly discussed, as well as its implications for international relations in science and technology policies. UNESCO can take initiatives to map the ethical dimensions of nanotechnologies from a global perspective, and to explore implications for its Member States and possible actions for the Organization.

(Ed.'s note: "The shaping of the debate by science fiction consideration as would be unfortunate (for example it should be made widely known that the apocalyptic visions of the gray goo scenario or the utopian views of nanomanufacturing are irrealistic in the light of current scientific knowledge)." First, labeling nanomanufacturing as "science fiction" is akin to applying the same label to transcontinental flight at the time of the Wright Brothers; one way or another it is very likely to happen, and probably within the lifetimes of babyboomers. Second, the grey goo scenario, while improbable (and not necessary to the success of current molecular manufacturing proposals), is not without merit; whether bio- or nanotech-based, eventually something like "grey goo" is likely to be within our ability to construct. See www.crnano.org/BD-Goo.htm for details.

For those who would look a bit further into the future, where the time between new scientific discoveries grows ever shorter (and hence the need to plan grows ever more important), I suggest that starting to plan, now, for nanomanufacturing is a MUST. A good place to start is at the website of The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology at crnano.org, and at their blog, Responsible Nanotechnololgy at crnano.typepad.com/crnblog/.)

Source:
unesco.org

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

Ethics

PETA science consortium to present at Society for Risk Analysis meeting December 10th, 2014

PETA science consortium experts to present at international nanotechology workshop: PETA International Science Consortium, Ltd., Is a Sponsor of Nano Risk Analysis II September 12th, 2014

PETA science consortium to present hazard testing strategy at nanotoxicology meeting: High tech field ripe for use of sophisticated non-animal testing strategies April 22nd, 2014

Scientists disagree on responsible research April 8th, 2014

Preparing for Nano

Durnham University's DEEPEN project comes to a close September 26th, 2012

Technical Seminar at ANFoS 2012 August 22nd, 2012

Nanotechnology shows we can innovate without economic growth April 12th, 2012

Thailand to host NanoThailand 2012 December 18th, 2011

Possible Futures

A novel method for identifying the body’s ‘noisiest’ networks November 19th, 2014

Researchers discern the shapes of high-order Brownian motions November 17th, 2014

VDMA Electronics Production Equipment: Growth track for 2014 and 2015 confirmed: Business climate survey shows robust industry sector November 14th, 2014

Open Materials Development Will Be Key for HP's Success in 3D Printing: HP can make a big splash in 3D printing, but it needs to shore up technology claims and avoid the temptation of the razor/razor blade business model in order to flourish November 11th, 2014

Molecular Nanotechnology

Dartmouth researchers create 'green' process to reduce molecular switching waste December 15th, 2014

New technique allows low-cost creation of 3-D nanostructures December 8th, 2014

Researchers discern the shapes of high-order Brownian motions November 17th, 2014

Manipulating complex molecules by hand: New method in scanning probe microscopy: Jülich researchers create a word using 47 molecules November 6th, 2014

Announcements

Oregon researchers glimpse pathway of sunlight to electricity: Collaboration with Lund University uses modified UO spectroscopy equipment to study 'maze' of connections in photoactive quantum dots December 19th, 2014

Instant-start computers possible with new breakthrough December 19th, 2014

Aculon Hires New Business Development Director December 19th, 2014

Iranian Scientists Use Nanotechnology to Increase Power, Energy of Supercapacitors December 18th, 2014

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More










ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







© Copyright 1999-2014 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE