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Ongoing research in nanotechnology promises both innovations and risks, potentially and profoundly changing the world. This book helps to promote a balanced understanding of this important emerging technology, offering an informed and impartial look at the technology, its science, and its social impact and ethics. Nanotechnology is crucial for the next generation of industries, financial markets, research labs, and our everyday lives; this book provides an informed and balanced look at nanotechnology and its social impact Offers a comprehensive background discussion on nanotechnology itself, including its history, its science, and its tools, creating a clear understanding of the technology needed to evaluate ethics and social issues Authored by a nanoscientist and philosophers, offers an accurate and accessible look at the science while providing an ideal text for ethics and philosophy courses Explores the most immediate and urgent areas of social impact of nanotechnology
Table of Contents
What is Nanotechnology?
The Basics of Nanotechnology
Definitions and Scales
The Origins of Nanotechnology
The Current State of Nanotechnology
The Future of Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology in Nature and Applications
Tools of the Trade
Seeing the Nanoscale
Basic Governing Theories
Formation of Materials
Nanotechnology Computing and Robotics
Predicting the Future of Technology
Risk, Regulation, and Fairness
Risk and Precaution
Evaluating the Precautionary Principle
The Stricter-Law Argument
Learning from History
Objections to the Stricter-Law Argument
An Interim Solution?
Putting the Pieces Together
Equity and Access
Nanotechnology and the Developing World
Nanotechnology, the Developing World, and Distributive Justice
Ethical and Social Implications
Society, Technology, and the Environment
Environmental Risks of Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology Solutions to Environmental Problems
Overall Assessments: Risk and Precaution
The Military and Technology
A Nano-enabled Military
A Nano-enabled Defense System
Historical and Legal Background
Radio Frequency Identity Chips
Is RFID a Threat to Privacy?
The Rise of Nanomedicine
Diagnostics and Medical Records
What is Human Enhancement?
Defining Human Enhancement
The Therapy-Enhancement Distinction
Human Enhancement Scenarios
Untangling the Issues in Human Enhancement
Restricting Human Enhancement Technologies?
Final Thoughts and Future Investigations
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