Nanotech Database

Article Title:
Beyond Therapy and Enhancement: The Alteration of Human Nature

Author:
Jotterand, Fabrice

Journal Information:
Nanoethics
Vol. 2, Num. 1
2008

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Abstract:
What the author sees here is a potential paradigm shift in terms of the ends and goals of techno-science and its application in the biomedical sciences. The development of an interface between the brain and a computer, using nanotechnology, could redefine what it means to be a human being. The author looks at the moral acceptability of brain-computer interface, the enhancement of human capabilities, the alteration of human nature and the alteration of the human body in deciding the ways in which nanotechnology could develop and what that would mean for the species. The ethical issues are hand are (1) whether the use of these technologies will always be beneficial and/or useful to society and to individuals and (2) where and how to set the limits as it is applied to the human body, though the author feels that a new type of ethical reflection is necessary to confront these unprecedented problems and possibilities.