posted on Jan, 17 2005 @ 04:22 PM
I'm a Drexlerite when it comes to Nanotech and I am well aware of his stated position at this time
. Even though I greatly respect the man, I
believe it is a foolhardy move by him to reject the "Grey Goo" Scenario as it is technically feasable. I have read all the arguments for and
against, and not one person has said it is forbidden by the laws of Physics(or in this case Quantum Physics). My argument will be alway this, WE do
not know what the current limits of Molecular Manufacturing because as of yet we have not developed a working Nano-Factory. I for one believe the
"Grey Goo" scenario is not that plausible, but to say its impossible or not a threat because one person said so is foolhardy at best and it gives
the Neo-Luddites more ammo for thier cannons. Rage Against the Machine is already stirring up the fear. Emotions either very positive or very negative
only serve to distract us in what needs to be done. You are right when you said we have to respect this technology immensely as I believe it can be
even more powerfull than Atomic weapons, in the long run of course.
In the near term, all we really have to worry about are Tech. Protests and dumping of Nanoparticles into the environment. I am trying to be neutral in
this issue as I believe at this point anything is possible. If one wants to draw parrelels with other tech sectors, you could easily compare the
Biotech sector in the 80s with the Nanotech sector now. It will take as long(if not longer) to truely master the basics, then we can start talking
about the really big downsides of the technology.
So basically what I'm rambling about is that we should't count anything out as the dice are still tumbling. One thing is for sure though, I WANT MY
[edit on 17-1-2005 by sardion2000]