Nanotech Database

Article Title:
Untangling the Debate: The Ethics of Human Enhancement

Lin, Patrick

Journal Information:
Vol. 2, Num. 3


This paper takes up the discussion over human enhancement through nanotechnology and the ethical issues it raises. They look at what human enhancement would mean in terms of nanotechnology and how that relates to something more ethically acceptable, like therapy, and then identify five key issues such an advance would have to overcome: freedom & autonomy, health & safety, fairness & equity, societal disruption, and human dignity. Before introducing the next five articles of this issue and their connection to this topic, the authors mention that regulation of something like human enhancement be considered not just a theoretical enterprise but something real and imminent, and thus to be pursued with all immediacy.