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

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

Nanotechnology will eventually impact every area of our world

Nanoethics seeks to examine the potential risks andrewards of applications of nanotechnology. This up-to-dateanthology gives the reader an introduction to and basic foundationin 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, humanenhancement, global regulation, military, humanitarianism,education, artificial intelligence, space exploration, lifeextension, and more
  • Features contributions from forty preeminent experts fromacademia and industry worldwide, reflecting diverseperspectives
  • Includes seminal works that influence nanoethics today
  • Encourages an informed, proactive approach to nanoethics andadvocates addressing new and emerging controversies before theyimpede progress or impact our welfare
This resource is designed to promote further investigations and abroad and balanced dialogue in nanoethics, dealing with criticalissues that will affect the industry as well as society. While thiswill be a definitive reference for students, scientists in academiaand industry, policymakers, and regulators, it's also a valuableresource for anyone who wants to understand the challenges,principles, and potential of nanotechnology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470084175
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/10/2007
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.26(w) x 9.17(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Fritz Allhoff, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in theDepartment of Philosophy at Western Michigan University andResearch Associate in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and PublicEthics at The Australian National University.

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

James Moor, PhD, is Professor of Philosophy at DartmouthCollege as well as an Adjunct Professor with the Centre for AppliedPhilosophy and Public Ethics at The Australian NationalUniversity.

John Weckert, PhD, is the Professor of Computer Ethics inthe School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professional Fellowat the Centre of Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at CharlesSturt University, and editor-in-chief of Nanoethics: Ethics forTechnologies that Converge on the Nanoscale.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Ethical Choices in nanotechnology Development (MihailC. Roco).



PART I : Introduction: The NanotechnologyDebate.

1. Nanoscience and Nanoethics: Defining the Disciplines(Patrick Lin and Fritz Allhoff).

2. Why the Future Doesn't Need Us (Bill Joy).

3. On the National Agenda: U.S. congressional Testimony on theSocietal Implications of Nanotechnology (Ray Kurzweil).

PART II: Background: Nanotechnology in Context (JohnWeckert).

4. Nanotech's Promise: Overcoming Humanity's More PressingChallenges (Christine Peterson and Jacob Heller).

5. Debating Nanotechnologies (Richard A. L. Jones).

6. In the Beginning: The U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative(Neal Lane and Thomas Kalil).

PART III: Issues: Preparing for the Next Revolution(John Weckert).

7. The Nanotechnology R(Evolution) (Charles Tahan).

8. Technology Revolutions and the Problem of Prediction (NickBostrom).

9. Complexity and Uncertainty: A Prudential Approach toNanotechnology (Jean-Pierre Dupuy).

10. The Precautionary Principle in nanotechnology (JohnWeckert and James Moor).

PART IV: Issues: Health and Environment (JamesMoor).

11. Nanotechnology and Risk: What are the Issues? (AnneIngeborg Myhr and Roy Ambli Dalmo).

12. Personal Choice in the Coming Era of Nanomedicine (RobertA. Freitas, Jr).

13. Are We Playing God With Nanoenhancement (TedPeters).

14. Anticipating the Ethical and Political Challenges of HumanNanotechnologies (David H. Guston, John Parsi, and JustinTosi).

PART V: Issues: Democracy and Policy (James J.Hughes).

15. Global Technology Regulation and Potentially ApocalypticTechnological Threats (James J. Hughes).

16. Deliberative Democracy and Nanotechnology (ColinFarrelly).

17. Rhetoric of "Stakeholding" (David M. Berube).

18. Rules of Engagement: Democracy and Dialogue in CreatingNanotechnology Futures (Jack Stilgoe and James Wilsdon).

PART VI: Issues: Broader Societal Impact (JohnWeckert).

19. Nanotechnology and Privacy: Instructive Case of RFID(Jeroen van den Hoven).

20. Nanotechnology and the Military (Daniel Moore)

21. Can Nanoscience Be a Catalyst For Educational Reform(Patricia Schank, Joseph Krajcik, and Molly Yunker).

22. Impact of Nanotechnologies on Developing Countries(Joachim Schummer).

PART VII: Issues: The Distant Future? (FritzAllhoff).

23. Challenges and Pitfalls of Exponential Manufacturing(Mike Treder and Chris Phoenix).

24. Nanoethics and the High Frontier (Tihamer Toth-Fejel andChristopher Dodsworth)

25. Ethics for Artificial Intellects (J. StorrsHall).

26. Nanotechnology and Life Extension (SebastianSethe).


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