The Promises And Perils Of Nanoscience And Nanotechnology: Exploring Emerging Social And Ethical Issues
Ethics; Nanoscience; Nanotechnology; Science education; Science-technology-society
Rapid advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology are profoundly influencing the ways in which we conceptualize the world of the future, and human ability to manipulate matter at the atomic and molecular levels offers previously unimagined possibilities for scientific discovery and technological applications. The convergence of nanotechnology with biotechnology, information technology, cognitive science, and engineering may hold promise for the improvement of human performance at a number of levels. Based on a National Science Foundation-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program in nanoscience and nanotechnology at the University of Central Florida (summer 2002), a variety of social and ethical issues associated with these advances is discussed. Implications for the future of science-technology-society studies and K-16 science education also are presented.
Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society
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Article; Proceedings Paper
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Sweeney, Aldrin E.; Seal, Sudipta; and Vaidyanathan, Pallavoor, "The Promises And Perils Of Nanoscience And Nanotechnology: Exploring Emerging Social And Ethical Issues" (2003). Scopus Export 2000s. 1654.