Nanotechnology: Considering the Complex Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues with the Parameters of Human Performance
Glenn, Linda MacDonald
Vol. 2, Num. 3
The point of this article is to examine both the positive and the negative aspects of the ethical, legal, and societal implications of using nanotechnology for human enhancement with hopes of reconciling the possible consequences of such a pursuit with the promise it holds for the betterment of mankind. Using a step-by-step method, the authors look at how nanotechnology and, hence, nanoethics are different from other technologies and sciences, the ways in which human enhancement can help or hinder society, and the ways nanotechnology is and possibly should be regulated. Only through cooperation between the state, the public and scientists can a truly comprehensive nanotechnology regulation policy be created, and even then the authors see a need for constant vigilance, lest the science pass the law by.