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Further Social Implications: Introduction Nanoethics Lecture VII Roderick T. Long Auburn Dept. of Philosophy
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Top-Down and Bottom-Up The terms “top-down” and “bottom-up” have one meaning in a nanotechnological context, and a different meaning (call it the “systemic” meaning) in an ordinary context
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Top-Down and Bottom-Up In the context of nanotechnology, top- down nanofabrication means creating a nanostructure by starting with a large structure and breaking it down into smaller parts
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Top-Down and Bottom-Up … while bottom-up nanofabrication means creating a nanostructure by starting with individual atoms and putting them together
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Top-Down and Bottom-Up But in the “systemic” sense used in ordinary language, any attempt originating at a higher level, intended to impose order on a lower level, counts as “top-down,” regardless of the means employed
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Top-Down and Bottom-Up For example: when government tells citizens how to organise their activities (or a corporation tells its employees), that’s top- down ...
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… whereas when citizens tell government how to
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