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The Methodology of Moral Reasoning Nanoethics Lecture I Roderick T. Long Auburn Dept. of Philosophy
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What will nanotechnology bring? A spectrum of views: extreme predictions, modest predictions, and in between
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Extreme predictions: the hype Immortality! Godlike powers! Nanobots inside us curing all diseases! The ability to build or remold anything, including ourselves, from the atomic level up!
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Extreme predictions: the hype Or on the gloomier side – out-of- control nanobots devouring the earth!
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Extreme predictions: Drexler and Kurzweil
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Extreme predictions in ficiton
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More modest predictions Fancy nanoengineering won’t work! 1. Too sticky 2. Brownian motion The most we can hope for may be ….
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Modest predictions somewhat better soap.
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What will nanotechnology bring? Most nanoscientists think the truth lies somewhere in between … which is pretty exciting!
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Even on a moderate view, nanotechnology raises issues of ethics How should we balance public welfare and safety against academic freedom of researchers ? How can we compare the weights of national security, corporate profit, public good, individual rights, environmental impact, and integrity of scientific enterprise ?
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nanotechnology raises issues of ethics How should the benefits of, and/or the control over, nanotechnology be
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