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April 1st, 2006

Gradual Nanotech, Abrupt Impact

Abstract:
In a recent post, Mike (Treder) wrote: "What level of nanotech development are they referring to? It might be only today's nanoscale technologies; it might be up to the second or third generation of advanced nanotechnology; or it might include the implications of exponential general-purpose nanofactory production. Clearly, the differences are crucial."

This got us talking about a potentially confusing aspect of our message. On the one hand, we see molecular manufacturing as a natural and inevitable outgrowth of today's nanoscale technologies. On the other hand, we see its impacts as being abrupt and disruptive. Why the apparent discrepancy?

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