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 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

Caltech Researchers Create Light-Bending Silicon Chip: Bending the Light with a Tiny Chip March 10th, 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

Imaging electric charge propagating along microbial nanowires October 20th, 2014

Superconducting circuits, simplified: New circuit design could unlock the power of experimental superconducting computer chips October 18th, 2014

Nanocoatings Market By Product Is Expected To Reach USD 8.17 Billion By 2020: Grand View Research, Inc. October 15th, 2014

Perpetuus Carbon Group Receives Independent Verification of its Production Capacity for Graphenes at 140 Tonnes per Annum: Perpetuus Becomes the First Manufacturer in the Sector to Allow Third Party Audit October 7th, 2014

Molecular Nanotechnology

Crystallizing the DNA nanotechnology dream: Scientists have designed the first large DNA crystals with precisely prescribed depths and complex 3D features, which could create revolutionary nanodevices October 20th, 2014

Fast, cheap nanomanufacturing: Arrays of tiny conical tips that eject ionized materials could fabricate nanoscale devices cheaply October 4th, 2014

Nano-bearings on the test bench: Fullerene spheres can be used to slide in the nanoworld October 3rd, 2014

Penn Team Studies Nanocrystals by Passing Them Through Tiny Pores September 26th, 2014

Announcements

Iran to Hold 3rd Int'l Engineering Materials, Metallurgy Conference October 25th, 2014

Haydale Secures Exclusive Development and Supply Agreement with Tantec A/S: New reactors to be built and commissioned by Tantec A/S represent another step forward towards the commercialisation of graphene October 24th, 2014

QuantumWise guides the semiconductor industry towards the atomic scale October 24th, 2014

Strengthening thin-film bonds with ultrafast data collection October 23rd, 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