'How inventions and discoveries are used is
not the concern of the Scientist.' Do you
by 09V12 CHANDARIA VIDHI ASHOK
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It is not the concern of the scientist how
their inventions/discoveries are used so
long as he defines how they SHOULD
HaoYu- What about inventions such as weapon of mass destruction? The
scientist may say that they are invented to serve as deterrence against foreign
attack. But there are terrorist out there using it to destroy people's life. In this
case, should the scientist care or let this sort of technology progress at an
For example, in 2007, many heroine addicts in Singapore turned to a drug
called 'Subutex', thinking that it is less harmful and hence, will help them to
overcome their addiction for the more harmful drugs like heroin. However,
due to a lack of knowledge, the drug also caused several deaths and
Therefore, the scientists could hold a public
forum to inform the public about the pros and
cons of their inventions and discoveries as they
know best about the consequences of the way
their product is used.
Yes! Provided the scientists are aware of
the consequences of such use. If they are,
they would have warned the public, surely?
That they did not suggest they did not
Another example would be the Atomic Bomb designed by the
theories discovered by Albert Einstein. Albert Einstein did not
want it to be a weapon of mass destruction but a source of
CON: It is their responsibility to ensure that the
inventions and discoveries can be used to
benefit the society
Scientists are supposed to create and discover items that will be
advantageous to the society. Hence they should come up with
measures to stop people from misuse lest it defeats the purpose
of the invention/discovery
Example: Alfred Nobel invented dynamite as a building
material (for blasting tunnels and such).
Instead, our military history has shown how dynamite is
more often used as a weapon of war and of terrorism:
everything from minefields to grenades to suicide
From this we can say its is the
incumbent. That inventions and
discoveries will be left to the mercy of the
public's creativity and rich people that
fund it to determine how they ill be used
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Con: No, the scientist merely do the work while the use and intellectual
property of their inventions belong to the companies that fund them.
Unless it is self-funded. But even though so, the scientists cannot limit the
creativity of the general public once he sells and commercialise his
An example would be the invention of Dynamite by Alfred Nobel
as a safer way to clear mountains than simply using black
powder. But dynamite was later used by the military as bombs
to kill people. Although he regretted inventing it later on.
Example: GM food was created so as to
increase crop yield and quality of foods.
It could have saved a lot of lives but it's
use is being limited because of people's
concerns. Hence till today, the true
potential of GM food is not uncovered
CON: How the inventions and discoveries are put to use will affect the
mankind as a whole and hence, the scientists as well. It is thus,
everyone's concern about how they are put to use. And if the scientists
have the power to control how they are put to use, they should
definitely use it
Therefore, as a suggestion, the scientists must be
given rights to limit the use of their inventions as
they will be able to predict the negative
consequences of the misuse of their inventions.
Hao Yu- What about the patents of this invention?
This is definitely a right the scientist have
to limit the use of their inventions,, Patents will only show ownership of rights
and who companies should pay for the use.
It does not truly stop how the invention is
used, Haoyu- But by paying for the use, aren't the
companies suppose to be following the
guidelines that are set by the scientist?, No. Consider Mindmeister. We can pay
to use it but could use it to brainstorm on
the best way to spread terror by blowing
up the Esplanade. Scientists cannot
dictate how their inventions will be used,
eg Einstein cannot say "don't use my
formula to invent bombs, even if you can", Oh... okay! Thank you!
Easier said than done. How does one
control use? Also, consider that limiting
the use will decrease the development, eg
other scientists may be able to make use of
whatever development to improve on it
Isn't this example illustrating how
companies, who are the ones
advertising the products, are
concerned about the profits, and
not the scientists?
'inventions and discoveries'
Concern: To be held responsible for, to be
related or be of interest of
HaoYu- Is there any concrete explanation for
this point? This 2 points are just examples!!!
Hmm...if the scientist did not come up with the invention in
the first place, it cannot be abused right?? So can a scientist
invent something which is destructive and then accept no
responsibility if it is use destructively?
CON: Quite often, the inventions and discoveries
are misused not with the intention of misusing
them, but due to a lack of full knowledge about the
how does this show that they are concerned. Concerned in what way?