There are several questions about the nature of research and innovation that most scientists take as given. Research is good, because it expands our technological horizons. Science is inherently good, because it increases our knowledge about the world. Is there ever a time when innovation, in and of itself, is inherently bad?
When we debate new and emerging technologies, we have a tendency (particularly within the scientific community) to discuss new innovations primarily from a technical standpoint. Golden rice is "good" because it provides a source of Vitamin A. Vaccines are "good"