Keywords: human security, biotechnology, disease, hunger, environment, poverty, bioterrorism, United Nations, technology development, emerging technologies
Increasing human security through biotechnology
In this paper, we examine the bright and dark, the light and shadow of emerging technologies through the lens of human security. Human security is becoming increasingly debated and discussed in global governance circles, but not yet in relation to emerging technologies. The threats and opportunities to attaining human security in various domains – disease, hunger, environment, poverty and bioterrorism – are discussed. Finally, we explore the implications for actions that follow from this analysis. Two promising possibilities are suggested, the use of networks of leaders from developing and industrialised countries and/or a more effective use of existing instruments of the UN. The key question is whether or not we can come together as a global community to harness significant technological developments and minimise their risks for the betterment of all.