Sunday, June 24, 2007

Nanotechnology ethics journal

Springer has launched a new journal, NanoEthics, to concentrate on ethical issues in the area of nanotechnology. The first issue is freely available.

There are many ethical issues to discuss in this emerging technology, though many if not most are just the same ethical issues we see elsewhere (informed consent, wise use of discoveries, ends versus means). But it's worth discussing these issues for nanotechnology in specific, if only because so many people are ignorant of what nanotechnology is about or is likely to become.