The Atomic Bomb And New And Emerging Technologies Essay

740 Words Dec 7th, 2014 3 Pages
Due to the nature of technology, many parallels exist between the atomic bomb and new and emerging technologies. Thus, all of the decisions regarding the development and implementation of contemporary technologies should be informed by those decisions made in the 1940’s concerning the atomic bomb. These decisions demonstrate the importance of being inclusive in discussions, considering the of impacts before development begins, having an existing problem that needs to be solved, and restricting developed technology that is harmful to human existence. The atomic bomb illustrates the importance including everyone in the discussions surrounding new technologies. Although the impacts of the atomic bomb affected all of society, the knowledge about its development was limited to those directly involved with the Manhattan Project (Szasz 1984). Moreover, the discussions among those involved focused heavily on scientific terminology and concepts and hindered the non-specialists from asking relevant questions (Wyden 1984). However, it is not the scientific details that are important to consider; “it’s the basic thrust of these technologies that’s diabolical” (McKibben 2003, 182). Thus, decisions regarding new technologies should be presented in basic and comprehensible terms to the entirety of society. For example, the debate on cloning should not focus on the scientific particulars of the cloning process, rather it should involve a greater dialogue on the ethical and moral…

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