|Daniel Moore über human enhancement|
|von Gerhard Dabringer|
|Montag, 5. Oktober 2009|
Interview with Dr. Daniel Moore, Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Tech, who works on nanoscale solutions for semiconductor development for IBM. He has written several articles on new technologies and their ethical challenges and is Advisory Board Member of The Nanoethics Group at the California Polytechnic State University.
As a Ph.D. student I was working on nanoscale materials and nanotechnology development, so I was mired in the developments of nanotechnology. I think that it’s important, from time to time, to take a step back and look at the bigger development picture. As an undergraduate student at University of Chicago, I was exposed to a lot of the ideas that Prof. Leon Kass discussed with regards to bioethics. This led me to getting interested in the long term applications and the consequences of developing new technology and, in particular, how technologies are used to enhance individuals.
(1) A DNA machine is a molecular machine constructed from DNA.
(2) Oscar Pistorius is a South African Paralympic runner who has lost both legs as a child and runs with the aid of carbon fibre artificial limbs. In 2007 Pistorius took part in an international able-bodied competition. However it was decided that his artificial lower legs gave him an unfair advantage over able-bodied runners. Initially he was therefore bared from the Olympic Games by the International Association of Athletics Federations, but this decision was reversed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Although eligible to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, Pistorius did not qualify for the South African team.