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June 12th, 2005

Sudden Development of Molecular Manufacturing

Chris Phoenix: Development of molecular manufacturing technology probably will not be gradual, and will not allow time to react to incremental improvements. It is often assumed that development must be gradual, but there are several points at which minor improvements to the technology will cause massive advances in capability. In other words, at some points, the capability of the technology can advance substantially without breakthroughs or even much R&D. These jumps in capability could happen quite close together, given the pre-design that a well-planned development program would certainly do. Advancing from laboratory demos all the way to megatons of easily designed, highly advanced products in a matter of months appears possible. Any policy that will be needed to deal with the implications of such products must be in place before the advances start.


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