, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 85-87
Date: 27 Mar 2010

Dónald P. O’Mathúna: Nanoethics: Big Ethical Issues with Small Technology

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Nanotechnology might be a technology concerned with the small scale, but it has without doubt caused, as Dónald P. O’Mathúna rightly captures it in his book Nanoethics: Big Ethical Issues with Small Technology, big ethical issues. Today, ethicists, scientists, policy makers, governments, non-governmental organizations and technoprogressive groups all around the globe have being involved in shaping the debate regarding the ethical issues. Some explore the supposedly great benefits that this new technological revolution will bring. Others focus more on the dangers that nanotechnology poses to society and the individual. O’Mathúna’s project is somewhat different. For him, the ethical issues brought to the fore by nanotechnology are not only pressing but also, so he argues, issues that could be informed and move forwards by the morals we find in narratives, particularly in the genre of science fiction. As he mentions throughout his book the potent benefits, such as new therapies and diagno