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Review of Nanotalk: Conversations with Scientists and Engineers About Ethics, Meaning and Belief in the Development of Nanotechnology
Volume 4, Issue 1


Authors:
Orion Steele, Nanotechnology Law & Business

Abstract:
The development of nanotechnology has the potential to be aimed in many different directions. Some of these directions may seem to be ethically responsible, and others may not. It is almost universally recognized in the scientific and political communities that an ethical consideration of the contours of nanotechnology research and development is necessary to ensure responsible use of its applications. The federal government has even provided several million dollars in funding through the National Nanotechnology Initiative to support education about the meanings and beliefs that inform nanoscience. In Nanotalk: Conversations with Scientists and Engineers About Ethics, Meaning and Belief in the Development of Nanotechnology (hereinafter, Nanotalk), Dr. Rosalyn Berne initiates a discourse on ethics and meaning in nanotech by identifying specific individuals who make direct contributions to the field of nanoscience and engineering and by discussing their perspectives on spiritual and philosophical concepts related to their work. Dr. Berne is persuasive in showing us that these underlying concepts are what ultimately determine which nanotech applications become actualized.

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