Weighing The Dangers Of New Technologies With The Benefits
from the scare-mongering-or-reasonable-caution? dept
There are often times when it seems like we’re headed for a real backlash against new technologies that can certainly make the world a better place. A big part of the issue is often that the very same technology has the potential to have quite nasty downsides as well. The NY Times has an article looking at how nuclear technology, biotechnology and nanotechnology all seem to have strong potential impacts in either direction. What’s interesting is the issue of whether or not those who look to stop these new advancements are simply involved in fear mongering, or reasonable levels of caution. Unfortunately, it’s often impossible to know for sure until well down the road — and that raises serious questions about when progress may be postponed due to too much caution.