From Professors Fox and Leveritt:
Your goals in this essay are:
a) to develop a technical/scientific account of some emerging field within nanotechnology, and then
b) critique its futurist implications using Jonas’ ethical principles.
Possible Outline / Sequence of topics:
Answering this will require that you first exhibit a sufficient understanding of the physical scientific (i.e. molecular-level physics, electromagnetic theory, cell biology, quantum physics) and technical/engineering approaches that your chosen field involves. Because your goal here will be to offer the most well-informed and sound explanation of the technology itself, this portion will draw on current literature and research. Having explained the technological side, you then must prognosticate as to the positive and negative implications of this technological advance for the biosphere and for the essence of Man. Explain Jonas’ ethical imperatives in detail, and apply them to the intended outcomes. What unintended consequences can you anticipate that he would judge? In the end, would Jonas regard the technology morally permissible or forbidden, and why?
Requirements and expectations: