Nanotechnology: Ethics and Society
From manufacturing to medicine, nanotechnology implies revolutionary change. However, the sweeping changes wrought by a technological advance of this magnitude are likely to come at a price that includes unforeseen environmental impact, disruptions in industry, displacement of workers, and deeply controversial applications of the technology and its offspring.
Nanotechnology: Ethics and Society provides a conceptually clear and straightforward ethical framework, in which pragmatic questions can be raised regarding the impact of nano-related technologies. The book focuses on general issues related to nanotechnology in nanomaterials and manufacturing as well as impacts on the marketplace and workforce. After an overview of the nanotechnology revolution, the text illustrates key concepts in the assessment model and then applies this model to a case study related to human enhancement technologies. It also offers an ethical agenda for addressing the challenges of nanotechnology.
Nanotechnology promises to be the next great technological revolution. This important volume provides a framework for deciding how best to take advantage of nanotechnology opportunities while also minimizing the harm of negative effects.
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Chapter 1 Approaching the NanoAge
Chapter 2 Ethical Dimensions of Science and Technology
Chapter 3 Societal Impacts and Perspectives
Chapter 4 The Language of Ethics
Chapter 5 Method and Process in Ethics
Chapter 6 Nanomaterials and Manufacturing
Chapter 7 Military and National Security Implications of NT
Chapter 9 Nanotechnology in Health and Medicine
The Framework Applied
NBIC and Human Enhancement
Chapter 11 The Ethical Agenda for NT
Chapter 12 Reflections on Technology and the Moral Imagination
Chapter 8 Sustainability and the Environment