Swierstra, Tsjalling and Est, Rinie and Boenink, Marianne (2009) Taking Care of the Symbolic Order. How Converging Technologies Challenge our Concepts. NanoEthics, 3 (3). pp. 269-280.
In this article we briefly summarize how converging technologies challenge elements of the existing symbolic order, as shown in the contributions to this special issue. We then identify the vision of âlife as a do it yourself kitâ as a common denominator in the various forms of convergence and proceed to show how this vision provokes unrest and debate about existing moral frameworks and taboos. We conclude that, just as the problems of the industrial revolution sparked off the now broadly established ideal of sustainability the converging technologies should be governed by the ideal of âhuman sustainabilityâ. The essence of this ideal is formed by the ongoing discussion about the extent to which we may, or should want to, âmakeâ our environment and ourselves, and when it is better to simply accept what is given and what happens to us.
|Subjects:||Physical Science > Nanophysics|
Physical Science > Nano objects
Material Science > Nanochemistry
Material Science > Nanostructured materials
|Divisions:||Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Physics|
Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Chemistry
|Deposited On:||11 Feb 2010 08:04|
|Last Modified:||11 Feb 2010 08:04|
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