posted on Jun, 9 2005 @ 09:06 PM
..spiderj, AMENHOTEPI here..
..thanks for th interest in your posting.. th links seem good meat ..i will read them later..and also try some japanese sites too..there
may be a conspiracy..!
................... FORSIGHT INSTITUTE.GUIDELINES FOR MOLEC.NANO.TEC.- MOLEC ASSEMBLERS.
.. In all cases, "Molecular Nanotechnology" that provides massively scalable and precise control of molecules needs to be distinguished from
less advanced, present day nanoscale technologies such as nanoelectronics or the nanoparticles used in sunblocks and coatings. Further,
self-replicating nanomachines or assemblers are unlikely to be the norm for molecular manufacturing. Molecular machine systems can be completely
non-biological, and self-replicating assemblers are not necessary to achieve molecular manufacturing capabilities. As Drexler and Phoenix have shown
in their Safe Exponential Manufacturing paper (2004 Nanotechnology 15 869-872), developing manufacturing systems that use self-replicating assemblers
would be needlessly inefficient and complicated. The simpler, more efficient, and safer approach is to make nanoscale tools and put them together in
factories big enough to make what is needed. People use tools to make more and better tools, from blacksmiths' tools to automated machinery. One
schema that develops this idea is based on the convergent assembly architecture developed by Ralph Merkle (1997 Nanotechnology 8 18-22), where small
parts are put together to form larger parts, starting with nanoscale blocks and progressing up the hierarchy to macroscopic systems. The machines in
this would work like the conveyor belts and assembly robots in a factory, doing similar jobs. If you pulled one of these machines out of the system,
it would pose no risk, and be as inert as a light bulb pulled from its socket.
....Engines of Creation [ book ] introduces the power and possibilities of nanotechnology to the general reader. Drexler believes that
nanotechnology—the ability to create molecular assemblers capable of constructing nearly anything in limitless quantity—will become viable
sometime in the 21st century. Nanotechnology will have dramatic effects on medical technology (including reversing the aging process), the space
program, and military technology. Drexler believes that if used wisely nanotechnology can bring about much higher living standards for everyone, and
little impact on the environment. Drexler also discusses the great dangers of nanotechnology, and hopes that the “leading force” in nanotechnology
will introduce it into the world in such a way that it will not fall into the hands of a totalitarian power. (Drexler believes that molecular
assemblers are more dangerous even than nuclear weapons). On balance, Drexler sounds a hopeful note. He outlines various procedures and institutions
that could be used to help soften the shock of assembler’s unveiling to the world.
Drexler divides his book into three parts. Part One, The Foundations of Foresight, explains the current state of nanotechnology, and so serves as a
basis of his later predictions.
Part Two, Profiles of the Possible, offers predictions of various uses of assemblers, including: industrial technology to create anything (including
food) in abundance (perhaps making much of the workforce redundant); artificial technology, to create computers that are more intelligent than human
beings in every sense of the word; space exploration, to create spacecraft capable of indefinite stays in space, and harnessing the vast material
resources of space, and creating true space colonies; and medical technology, to create assemblers capable of sailing through our capillaries to heal
diseased organs, or even to replace all our old cells, and allow us to live healthy lives for hundreds of years. Drexler counters some of his dramatic
claims by pointing out that even for assemblers physical limits will still obtain; that not anything is possible.
FURTHER SAME ARTICL
on the feasibility and applications of nanotechnology, then the age of assemblers would mark perhaps the greatest of all scientific breakthroughs, but
yet perhaps the most destructive of man. More than merely the material benefits assemblers could bring, they could make much of the human race
“obsolete” from a production perspective, thereby inaugurating a time of undue stress on the social order. Assemblers would prove to be an
exceptionally difficult technology to control, and one fears that the techology would eventually fall into the wrong hands.
But in assessing the future it is important to keep in mind that history is incremental, that one day follows the next, and that checks and balances
do exist; that new equilibriums are often achieved.
ENGINES OF CREATION
by K. Eric Drexler
Synopsis By Dan Geddes
[edit on 9-6-2005 by AMENHOTEPI]