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From computer ethics to future (and information) ethics: The challenge of Nano-Bots
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Division of Visual Information and Interaction. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computerized Image Analysis and Human-Computer Interaction. (ETHCOMP)
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)
Abstract [en]

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.
Keyword [en]
Nano-bots, Computer Ethics, Future Ethics, Precautionary Principle, Stakeholders' Network, Infosphere, Information Ethics
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Human Computer Interaction Computer Science Computer Vision and Robotics (Autonomous Systems) Medical Biotechnology Ethics
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Human-Computer Interaction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-232910DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1894-7ISBN: 978-1-4666-1894-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-232910DiVA: diva2:750205
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Available from: 2014-09-26 Created: 2014-09-26 Last updated: 2014-09-26

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