Nanoethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Nanotechnology / Edition 1

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Nanoethics seeks to examine the potential risks and rewards of applications of nanotechnology. This up-to-date anthology gives the reader an introduction to and basic foundation in nanotechnology and nanoethics, and then delves into near-, mid-, and far-term issues. Comprehensive and authoritative, it: Goes beyond the usual environmental, health, and safety (EHS) concerns to explore such topics as privacy, nanomedicine, human enhancement, global regulation, military, humanitarianism, education, artificial intelligence, space exploration, life extension, and more, Features contributions from forty preeminent experts from academia and industry worldwide, reflecting diverse perspectives, Includes seminal works that influence nanoethics today, Encourages an informed, proactive approach to nanoethics and advocates addressing new and emerging controversies before they impede progress or impact our welfare.

This resource is designed to promote further investigations and a broad and balanced dialogue in nanoethics, dealing with critical issues that will affect the industry as well as society. While this will be a definitive reference for students, scientists in academia and industry, policymakers, and regulators, it's also a valuable resource for anyone who wants to understand the challenges, principles, and potential of nanotechnology.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a thought-provoking book … Essential reading for scientists entering the realm of nanotechnology." (Nanotechnology Perceptions, July 2008)

"It is recommended reading for scientists and engineers working in all areas of present-day nanoscience and nanotechnology." (Angewandte Chemie, May 13, 2008)

"...this compact collection is highly welcome." (Angewandte Chemie, 2008-47/21)

“…these essays will provide a broad background for those who have yet to discover the many benefits that may result.” (Chemistry and Industry, December 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470084175
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/10/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Fritz Allhoff, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Western Michigan University and Research Associate in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at The Australian National University.

Patrick Lin, PhD, is the Research Director for The Nanoethics Group and has academic appointments at Dartmouth College as well as Western Michigan University.

James Moor, PhD, is Professor of Philosophy at Dartmouth College as well as an Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at The Australian National University.

John Weckert, PhD, is the Professor of Computer Ethics in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professional Fellow at the Centre of Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University, and editor-in-chief of Nanoethics: Ethics for Technologies that Converge on the Nanoscale.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Ethical Choices in Nanotechnology Development   Mihail C. Roco     xi
Preface     xv
Contributors     xvii
Introduction: The Nanotechnology Debate     1
Nanoscience and Nanoethics: Defining the Disciplines   Patrick Lin   Fritz Allhoff     3
Why the Future Doesn't Need Us   Bill Joy     17
On the National Agenda: U.S. Congressional Testimony on the Societal Implications of Nanotechnology   Ray Kurzweil     40
Background: Nanotechnology in Context   John Weckert     55
Nanotech's Promise: Overcoming Humanity's More Pressing Challenges   Christine Peterson   Jacob Heller     57
Debating Nanotechnologies   Richard A. L. Jones     71
In the Beginning: The U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative   Neal Lane   Thomas Kalil     80
Issues: Preparing for the Next Revolution   John Weckert     89
The Nanotechnology R(Evolution)   Charles Tahan     91
Technology Revolutions and the Problem of Prediction   Nick Bostrom     101
Complexity and Uncertainty: A Prudential Approach to Nanotechnology   Jean-Pierre Dupuy     119
ThePrecautionary Principle in Nanotechnology   John Weckert   James Moor     133
Issues: Health and Environment   James Moor     147
Nanotechnology and Risk: What Are the Issues?   Anne Ingeborg Myhr   Roy Ambli Dalmo     149
Personal Choice in the Coming Era of Nanomedicine   Robert A. Freitas, Jr.     161
Are We Playing God with Nanoenhancement?   Ted Peters     173
Anticipating the Ethical and Political Challenges of Human Nanotechnologies   David H. Guston   John Parsi   Justin Tosi     185
Issues: Democracy and Policy   James Moor     199
Global Technology Regulation and Potentially Apocalyptic Technological Threats   James J. Hughes     201
Deliberative Democracy and Nanotechnology   Colin Farrelly     215
Rhetoric of "Stakeholding"   David M. Berube     225
Rules of Engagement: Democracy and Dialogue in Creating Nanotechnology Futures   Jack Stilgoe   James Wilsdon     241
Issues: Broader Societal Impact   John Weckert     251
Nanotechnology and Privacy: Instructive Case of Rfid   Jeroen van den Hoven     253
Nanotechnology and the Military    Daniel Moore     267
Can Nanoscience be a Catalyst for Educational Reform?   Patricia Schank   Joseph Krajcik   Molly Yunker     277
Impact of Nanotechnologies on Developing Countries   Joachim Schummer     291
Issues: The Distant Future?   Fritz Allhoff     309
Challenges and Pitfalls of Exponential Manufacturing   Mike Treder   Chris Phoenix     311
Nanoethics and the High Frontier   Tihamer Toth-Fejel   Christopher Dodsworth     323
Ethics for Artificial Intellects   J. Storrs Hall     339
Nanotechnology and Life Extension   Sebastian Sethe     353
Index     367
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