Perceptions of Nano Ethics among Practitioners in a Developing Country: A Case of India
Vol. 4, Num. 1
This paper covers the developing world, specifically India, and the ways in which nanotechnology and other emerging sciences are funded without any real attention being paid to the societal and ethical issues being raised by their pursuit. The article focuses on interviews with individual nanoscientists in India and posits that, while their backgrounds are very various, a common thread amongst them all develops in that 95% of the Indian practitioners working in the area of nanoscience and nanotechnology research recognized ethical issues in this research area, and 60% of them could offer specific examples, which included possible ill effects on environment and human, use as a weapon, hype, professional ethics, laboratory testing on animals, cyborgs, widening the gap between rich and poor, self-replication, and longevity of human life. While similar research is needed in other developing countries, the nine ethical issues raised here could serve as a framework for further inquiries, which would better bring in line these countries with their larger, wealthier brethren.