Emerging Technology Bibliography


The following sources do not necessarily reflect the Center's positions or values. These sources, however, are excellent resources for familiarizing oneself with all sides of the relevant issues.

Artificial Life and Artificial Intelligence | Emerging Technologies (General) | Genetic Engineering & Gene Therapy | Nanotechnology | Synthetic Biology


Artificial Life & Artificial Intelligence

  • Barrat, James. Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2013.
  • Forbes, Nancy. Imitation of Life: How Biology is Inspiring Computing. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005.
  • Frankish, Keith and William R. Ramsey, eds. The Cambridge Handbook of Artificial Intelligence. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • Geraci, Robert M. Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Headleand, Christopher J., William J. Teahan, and Llyr Ap Cenydd, eds. Artificial Life and Intelligent Agents. New York: Springer, 2015.
  • Helmreich, Stefan. Silicon Second Nature: Culturing Artificial Life in a Digital World. Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press, 2000.
  • Johnston, John. The Allure of Machinic Life: Cybernetics, Artificial Life, and the New AI. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008.
  • Kaebnick, Gregory E., ed. Synthetic Biology and Morality: Artificial Life and the Bounds of Nature. Basic Bioethics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013.
  • Kaku, Michio. The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind. New York: Anchor Books, 2015.
  • Molloy, Claire, Steven Shakespeare, and Charlie Blake. Beyond Human: From Animality to Transhumanism. New York: Continuum, 2012.
  • Moravec, Hans P. Mind Children: The Future of Robot and Human Intelligence. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1990.
  • Moravec, Hans P. Robot: Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Kirkup, Gill, Linda Janes, Kathryn Woodward, and Fiona Hovenden, eds. The Gendered Cyborg. New York: Routledge, 1999.
  • Riskin, Jessica, ed. Genesis Redux: Essays in the History and Philosophy of Artificial Life. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.
  • Turing, Alan M., edited by B. Jack Copeland. The Essential Turing. Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Warwik, Kevin.  I, Cyborg. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2004.

Out of Print

  • Levy, Steven. Artificial Life: The Quest for a New Creation. New York: Pantheon, 1992.


Emerging Technologies (General)

  • Allenby, Braden R, and Daniel R Sarewitz. The Techno-Human Condition. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2011.
  • Budinger, Thomas F. and Miriam D. Budinger. Ethics of Emerging Technologies: Scientific Facts and Moral Challenges. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, 2006.
  • Dabrock, Peter, Jochen Taupitz, and Jens Ried, eds. Trust in Biobanking: Dealing with Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in an Emerging Field of Biotechnology. New York: Springer, 2012.
  • Einsiedel, Edna F. Emerging Technologies: From Hindsight to Foresight. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2009.
  • Ermak, Gennady. Emerging Medical Technologies. Hackensack, N.J.: World Scientific, 2016.
  • Gordijn, Bert. Medical Utopias: Ethical Reflections about Emerging Medical Technologies. Ethical Perspectives Monograph Series. Dudley, MA: Peeters, 2006.
  • Kilner, John F., C. Christopher Hook, and Diann B. Uustal. Cutting-Edge Bioethics: A Christian Exploration of Technologies and Trends. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002.
  • Marchant, Gary E., Braden R. Allenby, and Joseph R. Herkert, eds. The Growing Gap Between Emerging Technologies and Legal-Ethical Oversight: The Pacing Problem. New York: Springer, 2011.
  • Richins, Suzanne Moss. Emerging Technologies in Healthcare. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press, 2015.
  • Sandler, Ronald, ed. Ethics and Emerging Technologies. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
  • Stober, Spencer S, and Donna Yari. God, Science, and Designer Genes: An Exploration of Emerging Genetic Technologies. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2009.
  • Tucker, Jonathan B. Innovation, Dual Use, and Security: Managing the Risks of Emerging Biological and Chemical Technologies. MIT Press, 2012.
  • Waters, Brent. Christian Moral Theology in the Emerging Technoculture: From Posthuman Back to Human. Ashgate Science and Religion Series. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014.


Genetic Engineering & Gene Therapy

See the Genetic Ethics Bibliography for more information.



  • Allhoff, Fritz, Patrick Lin, James Moor, and John Weckert, eds. Nanoethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Nanotechnology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2007.
  • Allhoff, Fritz, Patrick Lin and Daniel Moore. What Is Nanotechnology and Why Does It Matter? From Science to Ethics. New York: Blackwell, 2010.
  • Arnaldi, Simone, Arianna Ferrari, Paolo Magaudda, and Francesca Marin, eds. Responsibility in Nanotechnology Development. New York: Springer, 2014.
  • Baird, Davis, Alfred Nordmann, and Joachim Schummer, eds. Discovering the Nanoscale. Fairfax, VA: IOS Press, 2004.
  • Berlatsky, Noah, ed. Nanotechnology. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2014.
  • Bennett-Woods, Deb. Nanotechnology: Ethics and Society. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press, 2008.
  • Dalton-Brown, Sally. Nanotechnology and Ethical Governance in the European Union and China: Towards a Global Approach for Science and Technology. New York: Springer, 2015.
  • Drexler, K. Eric. Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization. Philadelphia: Public Affairs, 2013.
  • Gordijn, Bert and Anthony Mark Cutter, eds. In Pursuit of Nanoethics. New York: Springer, 2014.
  • Hays, Sean A., Jason Scott Robert, Clark A. Miller, and Ira Bennett, eds. Nanotechnology, the Brain, and the Future. New York: Springer, 2013.
  • Houdy, Philippe, Marcel Lahmani, and Francelyne Marano, eds. Nanoethics and Nanotoxicology. New York: Springer, 2011.
  • Jotterand, Fabrice, ed. Emerging Conceptual, Ethical and Policy Issues in Bionanotechnology. New York: Springer, 2010.
  • Kaiser, Mario, Monika Kurath, Sabine Maasen, and Christoph Rehmann-Sutter, eds. Governing Future Technologies: Nanotechnology and the Rise of an Assessment Regime.  Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, 2010.
  • Khan, Ahmed S. Nanotechnology: Ethical and Social Implications. Boca Raton, FL: Taylor and Francis Group, 2012.
  • Mirkin, Chad A., Thomas J. Meade, Sarah Hurst Petrosko, and Alexander H. Stegh, eds. Nanotechnology-Based Precision Tools for the Detection and Treatment of Cancer. New York: Springer, 2015.
  • Mulhall, Douglas. Our Molecular Future: How Nanotechnology, Robotics, Genetics, and Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Our World. Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 2002.
  • O’Mathúna, Dónal.  Nanoethics: Big Ethical Issues with Small Technology. New York: Continuum, 2009.
  • Roco, Mihail C. and William Sims Bainbridge, eds. Nanotechnology: Societal Implications I. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, 2006.
  • Roco, Mihail C. and William Sims Bainbridge, eds. Nanotechnology: Societal Implications II: Individual Perspectives. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, 2007.
  • Roco, Mihail C. and William Sims Bainbridge, eds. Societal Implications of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2010.
  • Rogers, Ben, Jesse Adams, and Sumita Pennathur. Nanotechnology: The Whole Story. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press, 2013.
  • Schummer, Joachim and Davis Baird. Nanotechnology Challenges: Implications for Philosophy, Ethics and Society. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., 2006.
  • Vo-Dinh, Tuan. Nanotechnology in Biology and Medicine: Methods, Devices, and Applications. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press, 2007.
  • Wilson, Mick, Kamali Kannangara, Geoff Smith, Michelle Simmons, and Burkhard Raquse. Nanotechnology: Basic Science and Emerging Technologies. Boca Raton, FL: Chapman & Hall, 2002.

Out of Print

  • Foster, Lynn E. Nanotechnology: Science, Innovation, and Opportunity. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2009.
  • Hunt, Geoffrey and Michael Mehta, eds. Nanotechnology: Risk, Ethics, and Law. London: Earthscan, 2008.


Synthetic Biology

See the Biotechnology Bibliography for more information.



Updated October 2016



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