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Social and Ethical Implications of NanotechnologyThe projected impact of Nanotechnology has been touted as a second industrial revolution -- notthe third, fourth, or fifth, because despite similar predictions for technologies such as computersand robotics, nothing has yet eclipsed the first .Society is at the threshold of a revolution that will transform the ways in which materials andproducts are created. How will this revolution develop? The opportunities that will develop inthe future will depend significantly upon the ways in which a number of challenges are met. Aswe design systems on a nanoscale, we develop the capability to redesign the structure of allmaterials -- natural and synthetic along with rethinking the new possibilities of the reconstructionof any and all materials. Such a change in our design power represents tremendous social andethical questions. In order to enable our future leadership to make decisions for sustainableethical, economic nanotechnological development, it is imperative that we educate allNanotechnology stakeholders about the short-term and long-term benefits, limitations and risksof Nanotechnology. The social implications of Nanotechnology encompass so many fundamentalareas such as ethics, privacy, environment, and security.This paper presents an overview of new and emerging nanotechnologies and their societal andethical implications to address 21st Century challenges and issues. The discussion includes arange of different types of nanotechnologies and their potential effects and social implications onsociety.
Khan, A. S., & Agajanian, A. (2011, June), Incorporating Social and Ethical Implications of Nanotechnology in the Engineering and Technology Curricula Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18131
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