I'm a volunteer for Allexperts.com, "the oldest and largest free Q&A service on the Internet." People write in to ask questions about nanotechnology, and if I can, I'll give them an answer.
Recently someone asked: "What are the moral issues of nanotechnology?"
Here is how I replied:
'Moral' is a loaded word, one that has different meanings for people depending upon their specific culture or belief system. So, I rarely speak about moral issues, but I often do write and talk about ethical issues.
For example:- What are the acceptable limits of nanotechnology use that can be imposed to prevent dangerous concentrations of power in nations, groups, or persons?
- How much can individual freedom be curtailed before the solution becomes worse than the problem?
- How can any group or organization be given power to globally regulate the use of nanotechnology without also giving that group the power to dominate the world?
- What efforts should be made, if any, to assure that the opportunity for unprecedented abundance is made available to all?
- If nanotechnology and bioengineering enable extreme augmentation of humans, at what point do transformed individuals cease being human?
These are the types of questions that must be addressed.
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