Ethics of Nanotechnology

1578 WordsMar 28, 20057 Pages
Nanotechnology Nanotechnology is actually a fairly new idea. This may not seem like any big deal in terms of ethics, but just like any type of scientific advancement there are positives and negatives. Of course the ethical issues don't stem out of just the fact that this is a new kind of science. It branches off of "what will this new scientific technology be used for?" For example, Embryonic Stem Cell research. It's not the research that's bad it's how they get the cells. There are half a dozen, maybe more, different places to get the same type of cells without taking the life of that unborn child. The term, Nanotechnology, was first introduced back in the mid 1970's by a Japanese researcher named Norio Taniguchi to mean…show more content…
Unfortunately like a number of other issues the Bible cannot tell us what is acceptable and what is not in this case. We must rely on what the holy Spirit has laid on our hearts. This gives us the question of how far scientists will be willing to go. In the long run they are in it for the money and how much they can milk the system for. I highly doubt that they really care about what will happen after they pass away and leave the rest of us behind to figure it out. If we can create little robots what is to stop us from making microscopic cameras, microphones, and tracking devices? What will happen to our privacy especially if cameras go on the black market some day. Perverts will be having a hay day around the world as they spy on people and could potentially never get caught because the equipment is so incredibly small. In the same way this new technology will inevitably lead to weapons beyond bio- and techno-terrorism, Nanoterrorism if you will (Mnyusiwalla R11). After discussing all the things that could be wrong with Nanotechnology we may as well go over what Nanotechnology could potentially help us with. As far as medicine goes we could create better pharmaceutical drugs, disease treatments and Nanomachine-assited surgery. In the environment they could be used for toxin clean up like oil spills, recycling, garbage consumption. They can also be helpful in

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