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Press Release   Nanotechnology will eventually impact every area of our world.

Nanoethics seeks to examine the potential risks and rewards of applications of nanotechnology.  Published by John Wiley & Sons, this up-to-date anthology gives the reader an introduction to and basic foundation in nanotechnology and nanoethics, and then delves into near-, mid-, and far-term issues.  Comprehensive and authoritative, it:
  • Goes beyond the usual environmental, health, and safety (EHS) concerns to explore such topics as privacy, nanomedicine, human enhancement, global regulation, military, humanitarianism, education, AI, space exploration, life extension, and more
  • Features contributions from nearly 40 preeminent experts from academia and industry worldwide, reflecting diverse perspectives
  • Includes seminal works that influence nanoethics today
  • Encourages an informed, proactive approach to nanoethics and advocates addressing new and emerging controversies before they impede progress or impact our welfare

This resource is designed to promote further investigations and a broad and balanced dialogue in nanoethics, dealing with critical issues that will affect the industry as well as society.  While this will be a definitive reference for students, scientists in academia and industry, policymakers, and regulators, it's also a valuable resource for anyone who wants to understand the challenges, principles, and potential of nanotechnology.


Fritz Allhoff, PhD
, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Western Michigan University and Research Associate in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at The Australian National University.  Patrick Lin, PhD, is the Director for The Nanoethics Group and has academic appointments at Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo), Dartmouth College as well as Western Michigan University.  James Moor, PhD, is Professor of Philosophy at Dartmouth College as well as an Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at The Australian National University.  John Weckert, PhD, is the Professor of Computer Ethics in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professional Fellow at the Centre of Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University, and Editor-in-Chief of Nanoethics: Ethics for Technologies that Converge on the Nanoscale.


Foreword: Ethical Choices in Nanotechnology Development (Mihail C. Roco).

I.  Introduction: The Nanotechnology Debate.

1.  Nanoscience and Nanoethics: Defining the Disciplines (Patrick Lin and Fritz Allhoff)

2.  Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us (Bill Joy).

3.  On the National Agenda: US Congressional Testimony on the Societal Implications of Nanotechnology (Ray Kurzweil).

II.  Background: Nanotechnology in Context.

Unit Introduction (John Weckert).

4.  Nanotech's Promise: Overcoming Humanity's More Pressing Challenge (Christine Peterson and Jacob Heller).

5.  Debating Nanotechnologies (Richard A. L. Jones).

6.  In the Beginning: the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (Neal Lane and Thomas Kalil).

III.  Issues: Preparing for the Next Revolution.

Unit Introduction (John Weckert).

7.  The Nanotechnology R(evolution) (Charles Tahan).

8. Technology Revolutions and the Problem of Prediction (Nick Bostrom).

9. Complexity and Uncertainty: A Prudential Approach to Nanotechnology (Jean-Pierre Dupuy).

10. The Precautionary Principle in Nanotechnology (John Weckert and James Moor).

IV.  Issues: Health and Environment.

Unit Introduction (James Moor).

11. Nanotechnology and Risk: What are the Issues? (Anne Ingeborg Myhr and Roy Dalmo)

12. Personal Choice in the Coming Era of Nanomedicine (Robert A. Freitas).

13. Are We Playing God with Nano-Enhancement? (Ted Peters).

14. Anticipating the Political and Ethical Challenges of Human Nanotechnologies (David Guston, John Parsi, and Justin Tosi).

V. Issues: Democracy and Policy.

Unit Introduction (James Moor).

15. Global Technology Regulation and Potentially-Apocalyptic Technological Threats (James Hughes).

16. Deliberative Democracy and Nanotechnology (Colin Farrelly).

17. Rhetoric of ‘Stakeholding’ (David Berube).

18. The Rules of Engagement: Dialogue and Democracy in Creating Nanotechnology Futures (James Wilsdon and Jack Stilgoe).

VI. Issues: Broader Societal Impact.

Unit Introduction (John Weckert).

19. Nanotechnology and Privacy: the Instructive Case of RFID (Jeroen van den Hoven).

20. Nanotechnology and the Military (Daniel Moore).

21. Can Nanoscience be a Catalyst for Educational Reform? (Patricia Schank, Joseph Krajcik, and Molly Yunker)

22. The Impact of Nanotechnologies on Developing Countries (Joachim Schummer).

VII. Issues: The Distant Future?

Unit Introduction (Fritz Allhoff).

23. Challenges and Pitfalls in Exponential Manufacturing (Mike Treder and Chris Phoenix).

24. Nanoethics and the High Frontier (Tihamer Toth-Fejel and Chris Dodsworth).

25. Ethics for Artificial Intellects (J. Storrs Hall).

26. Nanotechnology and Life Extension (Sebastian Sethe).

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John Wiley & Sons

Nanoethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Nanotechnology
Edited by: Fritz Allhoff, Patrick Lin, James Moor, John Weckert
ISBN: 978-0-470-08417-5
Paperback US$42.50

ISBN: 978-0-470-08416-8
Hardback US$94.95
385 pages
August 2007
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