Nanotechnology, Enhancement, and Human Nature
Vol. 2, Num. 3
While Hassoun does not dismiss human enhancement through nanotechnology altogether, she does find in this article that there are very few considerations, environmentally and ethically speaking, that excuse this sort of research. While human enhancement may open up exciting new avenues that could greatly benefit society (the reason she does not recommend an outright moratorium on research), the environmental considerations that have often led humans to preserve endangered species would work against them here; were nanotechnology used to alter the human species, then what exists now would become extinct, which is biologically inexcusable. Another valid argument holds that such enhancements would fundamentally change the role of humans in their ecosystem and the environment around them, which would again be unacceptable. While these are just two arguments against human enhancement and admittedly not perfect, Hassoun feels they should start a dialogue that questions whether or not humans as they appear now are a species worth preserving.