Is Nanotechnology Going to Send Us All in Hell?

Nanotechnology manipulates matter at a scale of 1 to 100 nanometers to make useful products. It usually operates at the atom, molecular and supra-molecular level. The science of nanotechnology proposes a future where human life would be immortalized and a race of virtual super-intelligent, super-human beings will inhabit the earth. These views of human existence are elucidated by Transhumanism.

Transhumanism has been described as an international intellectual movement made by people who desire to transform human existence through the development of sophisticated nanotechnology to enhance the physical, psychological and intellectual capabilities of men. Some scholars have referred to it as a creed. Their belief in a technology capable of creating human immortality and bringing specially preserved dead bodies to life seems to rattle the mainstream religious beliefs.

Although some argue that the religious voices about nanotechnology have been non-committal, there are serious religious and ethical issues that the ideals of nanotechnology raise which may explain the attacks aimed at transhumanism. Their dismissal of the existence of a god and the goal to attain human immortality and resurrection of preserved corpses contradict the religious belief in life after death and resurrection based on one’s good and bad deeds, as is the case with mainstream religion.

Life is not a smooth flow without challenges. What if all the human brains were uploaded to a computer and someone used a program to erase memory and program these virtual beings to act according to his whims?  Such a scenario would be hell indeed.

Sometimes prejudice can mar a beneficial enterprise. The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (CRN) is tasked with the unenviable responsibility to regulate the ethics of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is a daring, imaginative and idealistic movement whose ideas can lead to incredible opportunities and innovations. We must welcome the opportunities and beware of threats.

Rajat CHAKRABORTY Written by:

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