Nanotechnology for a Sustainable World

Nanotechnology for a Sustainable World

Global Artificial Photosynthesis as Nanotechnology’s Moral Culmination

Thomas Faunce

Does humanity have a moral obligation to emphasise nanotechnology’s role in addressing the critical public health and environmental problems of our age? This well crafted book explores this idea by analysing the prospects for a macroscience nanotechnology-for-environmental sustainability project in areas such as food, water and energy supply, medicine, healthcare, peace and security. Developing and applying an innovative science-based view of natural law underpinning a global social contract, it considers some of the key scientific and governance challenges such a global project may face.

Chapter 6: Equitable Access to Nanomedicines

Thomas Faunce

Subjects: innovation and technology, technology and ict, law - academic, health law


Technologies are acquiring properties we associate with living organisms … we are beginning to use technology … to intervene directly within nature … this disturbs our deep trust … Technology is part of the deeper order of things. But our unconscious makes a distinction between technology as enslaving our nature versus technology as extending our nature. – W Brian Arthur, The Nature of Technology 6.1 NANOENHANCEMENT OR NANOPHARMACEUTICALS? As an Australian academic working in health care regulation, one of my political heroes has always been Prime Minister Ben Chifley. In Canberra his legacy seems to be all around. The Snowy Mountains hydroelectricity scheme, a few hours’ drive south of Canberra, was one of his post Second World War nation building projects. Another was the Australian National University where I work, as well as the public-funded Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC), which over the years has provided balanced TV and radio coverage of many of the major policy debates in which my research has been involved. Just before starting medicine at Newcastle University I lived for a time just a few houses up from Ben Chifley’s home in Busby Street, Bathurst. I was married in the Kurrajong Hotel in Canberra, by coincidence (my wife chose the location) the one where Chifley lived while Prime Minister and died while in opposition. Ben Chifley was what the historian Manning Clark liked to call a ‘light on the hill’ man. He believed in a world where all people could have life and have it abundantly. Prime Minister Chifley decided after...

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