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Further Social Implications: Conclusion Nanoethics Lecture VIII Roderick T. Long Auburn Dept. of Philosophy
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Who Benefits? Advances in nanotechnology will bring wealth and power – but to whom? Military/governmental applications: n surveillance n weapons n bullet-proof clothing Ethical obligations of scientists?
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Who Benefits? Columbia University, 1968: Students protesting the university’s involvement in military research
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Who Benefits? Wealth from advances in nanotechnology – n Who receives it? n Who controls it? Corporations? Governments? Ordinary people?
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Corporations and the Market Corporations gain their wealth by providing customers with the best goods and services at the lowest price Don’t interfere with corporations or the free market Milton Friedman (1912-2006)
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Corporations and the Market Corporations gain their wealth by exploiting workers and by monopolising for themselves what really belongs to everybody Abolish both corporations and the free market Karl Marx (1818-1883)
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Corporations and the Market Corporations gain their wealth thanks to systematic government intervention that skews the marketplace overwhelmingly in their favour and against ordinary people Disempower corporations by establishing a free market Benjamin Tucker (1854-1939)
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Corporations and the Market Corporate wealth is fine so long as the resulting economic inequality works out to the benefit of the least advantaged When that’s not the case, redistribution is called for Regulate corporations and the market John Rawls (1921-2002)
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Nanotechnology patents represent a potentially lucrative source of income: n Who should rightfully own them? n
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