Nanotechnology Bound: Evaluating the Case for More Regulation
Vol. 1, Num. 2
This article looks at the debate over regulation of nanotechnology and tries to find a solution to the problem. While one side of the debate feels that nanotechnology might have more risk than reward and should at least be tested extensively before being marketed, the opposition feels, among other things, that regulation of nanotechnology would only slow the field and keep possibly life-saving advances from reaching those in need. The author tracks the debate and their arguments, trying to make more easily understandable a debate clouded in uncertainty and speculation. While past advances like DDT and asbestos have left many wary of unproven technology, others feel that stricter laws are not necessarily the right answer, and some would go so far as to say are absolutely irresponsible from a scientific and international standpoint. Lin would council simply regulatory planning in case further studies of nanotechnologies find danger lurking at the nanoscale, rather than preemptively passing restrictive laws against experimentation.