Issue 10 - Mike Treder - NO

Issue 10 - Mike Treder - NO - team black project Report...

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Thursday, February 09, 2006 MOLECULAR NANOTECHNOLOGY FULLY LOADED WITH BENEFITS AND RISKS http://www.smalltimes.com/document_display.cfm?document_id=7161 MOLECULAR NANOTECHNOLOGY FULLY LOADED WITH BENEFITS AND RISKS By Mike Treder The Futurist Mike Treder, CRN executive director, serves on the boards of directors of the Human Futures Institute and the World Transhumanist Association. Jan. 5, 2004 -- The future shock of rapid change and technology run amok described by Alvin Toffler in his 1970 best seller has perhaps been less debilitating for most people than predicted, but even Toffler could not have envisioned the tidal wave of change that will hit us when nanofactories make the scene. Imagine a world with billions of desktop-size, portable, nonpolluting, cheap machines that can manufacture almost anything-from clothing to furniture to electronics, and much more – in just a few hours. Today, such devices do not exist. But in the years ahead, this advanced form of nanotechnology could create the next Industrial Revolution – or the world's worst nightmare. The technology described in this article is molecular nanotechnology (MNT). This is a big step beyond most of today's nanotech research, which deals with exploring and exploiting the properties of materials at the nanoscale. Industry has begun using the term nanotechnology to cover almost any technology significantly smaller than microtechnology, such as those involving nanoparticles or nanomaterials. This broad field will produce important and useful results, but their societal effects – both positive and negative – will be modest compared with later stages of the technology. MNT, by contrast, is about constructing shapes, machines, and products at the atomic level – putting them together molecule by molecule. With parts only a few nanometers wide, it may become possible to build a supercomputer smaller than a grain of sand, a weapon smaller than a mosquito, or a self-contained nanofactory that sits on your kitchen counter. "Picture an automated factory, full of conveyor belts, computers, and swinging robot arms," writes scientist and engineer K. Eric Drexler, who team black project Contributors Qbill kyriian ritalamchichi bakano Andy team Black Previous Posts Current Trends in Man-Machine interface Nurses get bionic "power suit" IST-FET launches Integrated Project:’Neurobotics’ biomotion lab Think nano has ethical problems? Just wrap your br. .. Sharper Minds Engineered enhancers closer than you think Human Changing | Jamais Cascio More then human Report Abuse Next Blog» Create Blog Sign In
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first brought nanotechnology to public attention with his 1986 book "Engines of Creation." "Now imagine something like that factory, but a million times smaller and working a million times faster, with parts and workpieces of molecular size." Unlike any machine ever built, the nanofactory will be assembled from the bottom up, constructed of specifically designed and placed molecules. Drexler says, "Nanotechnology isn't primarily about miniaturizing
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