Nanotech Database

Article Title:
Nanotechnology, Development and Buddhist Values

Hongladarom, Soraj

Journal Information:
Vol. 3, Num. 2


The author here looks not to nanotechnology as a science but its cultural implications for developing countries, specifically Thailand, and what sort of conflicts arise from trying to be technologically groundbreaking but culturally conservative. The issues of integrating something as new and uncertain as nanotechnology into a Buddhist culture are many, but the author believes that these cultural values need to pay attention to the role of other-regarding attitude rather than primarily seeking personal benefits& [which] would be in accordance with the Buddhist teaching. Taking a historical approach, it seems obvious that in order to avoid the pitfalls that befell genetically modified food, introduction of nanotechnology into the developing world needs to pay close attention to the value systems of a particular region in which it is going to be applied.