chapter  21
18 Pages

Regulating Emerging Technologies

WithGregory N. Mandel

A wondrous range of emerging technologies is expected to transform society. Biotechnology, nanotechnology and synthetic biology, to name a few, are anticipated to revolutionise fields as diverse as health care, agriculture and energy. These innovations may produce wonder drugs that target and destroy cancerous tumours, energy generation that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and molecular machines that manufacture products cheaply, cleanly and without waste. On the darker side, these technologies also could produce toxic substances that cause cancer, new organisms that disrupt ecosystems, or self-replicating robots that wreak havoc.