The ethics of using cybernetics and cyborg technologies: what every rehabilitation nurse should know

Rehabil Nurs. 2005 Mar-Apr;30(2):40-3. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2005.tb00357.x.


Cybernetics and cyborg technologies are rapidly developing in the field of biotechnology. Such developments have yielded a wide variety of devices and prosthetics that have promoted the quality of life for many individuals with physical limitations and generally have been applauded by society and the rehabilitation field. However, such rapid developments have given rise to multiple ethical concerns. Understanding these ethical concerns and the implications they have for rehabilitation nurses is imperative. While the potential benefits of advances in technology are great for those with disabilities and chronic conditions, ethicists suggest that skepticism must be balanced with the zeal that often accompanies cutting-edge developments. As Hook notes, "We must show not a fear of technology, but a courageous control of technology, and refuse to let technology control us" (2002, p. 67).

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Biotechnology / ethics*
  • Biotechnology / methods
  • Cybernetics / ethics*
  • Cybernetics / methods
  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • Humans
  • Nurse's Role
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Rehabilitation Nursing / ethics*
  • Rehabilitation Nursing / instrumentation*
  • Rehabilitation Nursing / methods
  • Risk Assessment / methods