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January 23rd, 2004

Nano re-created in business's image; is this the best of all futures?

The nanotech act of 2003 is certainly one for the history books. Future marketing students might marvel at how a group of salesmen achieved political victory – complete with requisite silencing of dissenters – for an “industry” that does not yet exist. Nathan Tinker, executive vice president of the NanoBusiness Alliance, recently filled me in on some of the details. In Washington last fall, alliance leaders told Sen. John McCain’s staff that the House version of the nanotech bill contained a troublesome section – a feasibility study on “molecular manufacturing” and “self-replicating nanoscale machines." (See our page dedicated to this topic here.)


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