posted on Aug, 19 2005 @ 10:57 PM
Here is a quote from the site I got most of the research from on my last paper. I have to dig around and find that site again though. It is about
the Terrorist/Criminal danger of Nanotechnology. Here it is:
"Criminals and terrorists with stronger, more powerful, and much more compact devices could do serious damage to society. Defenses against these
devices may not be installed immediately or comprehensively. Terrorists could have a field day. Chemical and biological weapons could become much more
deadly and much easier to conceal. Many other types of terrifying devices are possible, including several varieties of remote assassination weapons
that would be difficult to detect or avoid. If such devices were available from a black market or a home factory, it would be quite difficult to
detect them before they were used; a random search capable of spotting them would be a clear violation of current human rights standards in most
civilized countries. Detecting a criminal user after the fact might also be difficult; since many devices can be computer-controlled and networked,
the criminal does not have to be at the scene."
And here's an even scarier quote:
"Molecular manufacturing raises the possibility of horrifically effective weapons. As an example, the smallest insect is about 200 microns; this
creates a plausible size estimate for a nanotech-built antipersonnel weapon capable of seeking and injecting toxin into unprotected humans. The human
lethal dose of botulism toxin is about 100 nanograms, or about 1/100 the volume of the weapon. As many as 50 billion toxin-carrying
devices—theoretically enough to kill every human on earth—could be packed into a single suitcase. Guns of all sizes would be far more powerful,
and their bullets could be self-guided. Aerospace hardware would be far lighter and higher performance; built with minimal or no metal, it would be
much harder to spot on radar. Embedded computers would allow remote activation of any weapon, and more compact power handling would allow greatly
improved robotics. These ideas barely scratch the surface of what's possible."
Despite Dangers like this, I still believe nanotech must push forward. Life will be just so... I'm not sure of a word to describe it. it's going
to be like heaven on Earth.
[edit on 19-8-2005 by DarkHelmet]