Nanotech Database

Article Title:
Ethics, Speculation and Values

Roache, Rebecca

Journal Information:
Vol. 2, Num. 3


Deviating from the normal script concerning speculation, Roache looks at ethics and speculation not as something that is irresponsible for concentrating on a possible future but as something integral to preparing society for a likely future. She sees that ethics in general and speculative ethics in particular are not non-renewable resources, and that nothing is lost in looking into these eventualities but time. What is gained, however, is a better understanding of what could be and a sense of preparation for what might be than would ever be possible by focusing simply on the ethical concerns of what is currently existent. This might also forces scientists and society to engage in a dialogue that would determine which goals, like curing cancer, are most worth pursuing and to ensure those are followed before other, less-promising ideas.