Nanoethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Nanotechnology

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Fritz Allhoff
John Wiley & Sons, Aug 10, 2007 - Philosophy - 385 pages
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Nanotechnology will eventually impact every area of our world

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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Contents

WHY THE FUTURE DOESNT NEED US
17
U S CONGRESSIONAL
40
NANOTECHNOLOGY IN CONTEXT
55
DEBATING NANOTECHNOLOGIES
71
THE U S NATIONAL
80
PREPARING FOR THE NEXT REVOLUTION
89
TECHNOLOGY REVOLUTIONS AND THE PROBLEM
101
A PRUDENTIAL
119
DEMOCRACY AND POLICY
199
DELIBERATIVE DEMOCRACY AND NANOTECHNOLOGY
215
RHETORIC OF STAKEHOLDING
225
DEMOCRACY AND DIALOGUE
241
NANOTECHNOLOGY AND THE MILITARY
267
IMPACT OF NANOTECHNOLOGIES ON DEVELOPING
291
THE DISTANT FUTURE?
309
NANOETHICS AND THE HIGH FRONTIER
323

THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE IN NANOTECHNOLOGY
133
HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
147
PERSONAL CHOICE IN THE COMING
161
ARE WE PLAYING GOD WITH NANOENHANCEMENT?
173
ANTICIPATING THE ETHICAL AND POLITICAL
185
ETHICS FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLECTS
339
NANOTECHNOLOGY AND LIFE EXTENSION
353
INDEX
367
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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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