Published in Nanotechnology Perceptions, Volume 2, Issue 1, March 27, 2006, pages 47-52. Copyright © 2006 Patrick Lin & Fritz Allhoff. Published by Nanotechnology Perceptions.
Human enhancement – our ability to use technology to enhance our bodies and minds, as opposed to its application for therapeutic purposes – is a critical issue facing nanotechnology. It will be involved in some of the near-term applications of nanotechnology, with such research labs as MIT’s Institute for Soldier Technologies working on exoskeletons and other innovations that increase human strength and capabilities. It is also a core issue related to far-term predictions in nanotechnology, such as longevity, nanomedicine, artificial intelligence and other issues.