From computer ethics to future (and information) ethics: The challenge of Nano-Bots
2014 (English)In: Ethical dimensions of bio-nanotechnology: Present and future applications in telemedicine / [ed] Nuno Sotero Alves da Silva and Goncalo Jorge Morais da Costa, Hershey, PA, USA: IGI Global, 2014Chapter in book (Refereed)
One of the emerging technologies that is getting a lot of attention is nano-technology. In particular,in this area, the convergence of research fields of biotechnology, information technology, nanotechnologyand neuroscience (or cognitive science) is introducing nano-robots, or nano-bots. These machines promise to lead to the development of a large number potential applications in medicine,but at the same time they raise also a lot of social and ethical issues. This chapter introduces severalways to start an ethical reflection in relation to nano-bots. The traditional "computer ethics"approach and the new "future ethics" proposition are both discussed and applied to this technology.The challenges introduced by nano-bots are so complex that it is possible that the application of thePrecautionary Principle would be required. A further ethical analysis of nano-bots applications inmedicine may benefit from new methodologies and strategies such as the stakeholders' network andFloridi's "entropy (the evil of Infosphere)" concept.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hershey, PA, USA: IGI Global, 2014.
Nano-bots, Computer Ethics, Future Ethics, Precautionary Principle, Stakeholders' Network, Infosphere, Information Ethics
Human Computer Interaction Computer Science Computer Vision and Robotics (Autonomous Systems) Medical Biotechnology Ethics
Research subject Human-Computer Interaction
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-232910DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1894-7ISBN: 978-1-4666-1894-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-232910DiVA: diva2:750205