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May 20th, 2005
Mike Treder: "Another Doomsday, Another Dollar" is a commentary by Charlotte Laws, Ph.D, published on emagazine.com. Dr. Laws refers to "reputable experts" who warn about the danger of "miniature, self-replicating machines that gnaw away at the environment until it is devoid of life." She also says this "could result from a laboratory mishap."
The fearsome possibility of so-called gray goo was raised during the early development of nanotechnology theory. But more recent, detailed analyses of potential pathways to safe exponential manufacturing show that it should not be a primary concern.
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