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What Is Nanotechology and Why Does It Matter? From Science to Ethics

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ISBN-10: 1405175443

ISBN-13: 9781405175449

Edition: 2010

Authors: Fritz Allhoff, Patrick Lin, Daniel Moore

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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 1/28/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

What is Nanotechnology?
The Basics of Nanotechnology
Definitions and Scales
The Origins of Nanotechnology
The Current State of Nanotechnology
The Future of Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology in Nature and Applications
Tools of the Trade
Seeing the Nanoscale
Basic Governing Theories
Formation of Materials
Carbon Nanomaterials
Inorganic Nanomaterials
Applied Nanotechnology
Using Nanomaterials
Nanotechnology Computing and Robotics
Predicting the Future of Technology
Risk, Regulation, and Fairness
Risk and Precaution
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Precautionary Principles
Evaluating the Precautionary Principle
Regulating Nanotechnology
The Stricter-Law Argument
Learning from History
Objections to the Stricter-Law Argument
An Interim Solution?
Putting the Pieces Together
Equity and Access
Distributive Justice
Nanotechnology and the Developing World
Water Purification
Solar Energy
Nanotechnology, the Developing World, and Distributive Justice
Ethical and Social Implications
Society, Technology, and the Environment
Environmental Risks of Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology Solutions to Environmental Problems
Overall Assessments: Risk and Precaution
The Military and Technology
A Nano-enabled Military
A Nano-enabled Defense System
Ethical Concerns
Historical and Legal Background
Philosophical Foundations
Radio Frequency Identity Chips
Item-Level Tagging
Human Implants
RFID-chipped Identification
Is RFID a Threat to Privacy?
The Rise of Nanomedicine
Diagnostics and Medical Records
Moving Forward
What is Human Enhancement?
Defining Human Enhancement
The Therapy-Enhancement Distinction
Human Enhancement Scenarios
Untangling the Issues in Human Enhancement
Restricting Human Enhancement Technologies?
Chapter Summaries
Final Thoughts and Future Investigations