Does existing law fail to address nanotechnoscience?

Michael Bennett

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From the perspective of nanocritics, legal thought bearing specifically on nanotechnoscience (NTS) by name is largely a null zone. However, the gravity of a dispersed and thematically coherent ethical-legal construct is clearly discernable. It encourages and incubates novel technologies as a species and is indifferent to individual titles, disciplinary position or marketing savvy. Based on the corpus of Supreme Court Fourth Amendment Privacy case opinions, the law of the land finds the social implications of technological change, the effects on a central and cherished aspect of the American ethos, lamentable but acceptable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-32
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Technology and Society Magazine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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  • Social Sciences(all)


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