Nanotech Database

Article Title:
Nanotechnology  Steps Towards Understanding Human

Author:
Grunwald, Armin

Journal Information:
Nanoethics
Vol. 1, Num. 2
2007

Link:
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Abstract:
This article tries to blurry the lines between human and technology, especially where technical terms are used to describe humans and their potential actions, characteristics and abilities. The authors look to the field of nanobiotechnology for this phenomenon, where humans and technology are brought into a synergy physically but somehow kept apart ideologically.What the authors suggest is a reconceptualization of what it is to be human, where possible technical components are incorporated but where this neither creates technohumans nor does it entirely ignore the technological part of the biological being. Nanotechnology has the ability to enhance human existence by making eyes sharper and death farther away (if not obsolete), but anything in this line of thinking poses a series of new ethical questions that must be addressed, lest cyborgs become a premature and tragic reality. At the very least, these terms must be confronted linguistically before nanotechnology gets too far beyond its ethical boundaries.