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, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 1-13

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Nano-Technology, Ethics, and Risks

  • Wade L. RobisonAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology Email author 

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Nanotechnology is developing far faster than our understanding of its effects. This lapping of our understanding by speedy development is typical of new technologies, and in the United States we let development occur, introducing new artifacts into the world, without any serious attempt to understand beforehand their effects, long-term or short-term. We have been willing to pay the price of pushing the technological envelope, but pushing the nanotechnological envelope has some special risks, requiring more caution.


Unpredictability Nano artifacts Testing Self-reporting Moderate caution