Nanotech Database

Article Title:
Researching and Teaching the Ethics and Social Implications of Emerging Technologies in the Laboratory

McGregor, Joan

Journal Information:
Vol. 3, Num. 1


One of the biggest problems facing those who hope to teach or study the ethics of emerging technologies is that no one knows for sure what these technologies will look like, and hence how to react to what has not yet happened. That is not to say how difficult the ethical issues are concerning nanotechnology in the first place. If ethicists were to craft closer relations with scientists and engineers in the field, however, they would probably have far more success in coming to terms with these difficult ideas. Not only will such contact help the ethicists in better understanding where the field is going on an individual basis, but these conversations might also have the effect of directly impacting the science itself as these ethicists help the scientists to better understand the ramifications of their inquiry.