Nanotech Database

Article Title:
Enhancing Justice?

Garcia, Tamara

Journal Information:
Vol. 2, Num. 3


This article debates the nature of nanotechnology and human enhancement in respect to whether or not the science is just. Their basic finding is that the term is relative and could be correct in both ways, though the tendency of this field would be to exacerbate rather than alleviate social injustices. If nothing else, this study and those like it should serve to force scientists and society to confront social, political, legal and ethical questions and redefine them to better fit the new field of nanotechnology, rather than trying to get a field that is so unique to fit older templates. While the authors do not advocate a complete end to any research with a human enhancement component, they do see that no existent technology along those lines has any promise but to impair social justice, and hence has no ethical leg to stand on.