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Bio-Nanotechology: A Human Attack Vector

Sue Conger
University of Dallas, USA


Abstract
At present, humans could be direct targets of hacked bio- or nanotechnologies. This paper describes the future of biotechnology and nanotechnology, focusing on smart motes and bio-engineered products based on genome mapping. Then threats from these emerging technologies are developed to show different attack potentials. Finally, alternative development activities are proposed that mitigate the risks posed to humans.

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PDF (Emerging Nano and Bio Technologies pose unknown and unresearched threats to human existance. This paper seeks to identify the key risks and begin to develop a research agenda for determining how best to deal with them.) 337Kb
Reference:Conger, S. (2008). "Bio-Nanotechology: A Human Attack Vector," University of Dallas, USA . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 8(39). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/8-39
Keywords:Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Emerging Technology, Risk
Item Type:Article - Volume 8 Article 39 (2008)
Language:English
Email: Sue Conger (sconger@gsm.udallas.edu)
Additional Information:I am fascinated by emerging nano and biotechnologies but am skeptical that the scientists creating the technologies have done sufficient due diligence on the ethical, safety, or health issues beyond immediate technology acceptance. This paper came out of a talk Brett Landry and I did for the NanoTX conference in October, 2008 on this issue. I welcome comments and intend to continue working in this area to more fully develop the issues and technology solutions, which I believe are the only feasible remedy to the issues.

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