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September 2nd, 2004
The Future of Nanotechnology - Two Views
From K. Eric Drexler, "The Future of Nanotechnology: Molecular Manufacturing" - The future of technology is sometimes easy to predict. Computers will compute faster, materials will become stronger, and medicine will cure more diseases. Nanotechnology, which works on the nanometer scale of molecules and atoms, will be a large part of this future, enabling great improvements in all these fields. Advanced nanotechnology will work with molecular precision, making a wide range of products that are impossible to make today.
And from Richard Jones, "The future of nanotechnology" - Visions of self-replicating nanomachines that could devour the Earth in a "grey goo" are probably wide of the mark, but "radical nanotechnology" could still deliver great benefits to society. The question is how best to achieve this goal.
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