View Full Version : Nanotechnology: Hell or Heaven?

01-11-2004, 05:58 AM
Good article in Reason online, on The Foresight Institute's First Conference on Advanced Nanotechnology. There are some really interesting concepts and predictions.


In a presentation on "The Top Ten Impacts of Molecular Manufacturing," Phoenix predicted that products made using a mature molecular nanotechnology would cost $1 per pound to make. After nanotech factories hit their stride, molecular manufacturing will provide more manufacturing capacity than all the world's factories offer today. We will see the advent of cheap solar power and cheap energy storage, and inconceivably cheap high-powered computers the size of wristwatches. The components needed to put a kilogram of material into orbit would fit inside of a suitcase. Nanotechnology would make it possible for 100 billion people to live sustainably at a modern American standard of living, while indoor agriculture using high-efficiency inflatable ten-pound diamond greenhouses would help restore the world's ecology. The ultimate limit to economic growth seems to be heat pollution, the waste energy radiated away from nanotech devices.
Freitas predicted that we would see in the next five years biologically active nanoparticles used as diagnostic sensors. He also described a project at the University of Michigan to use tecto-dendrimers, complex tree shaped molecules that could be designed to simultaneously sense and destroy cancer cells.

But Freitas' vision and true passion is medical nanorobots. He has designed respirocytes composed of 18 billion precisely arranged atoms, consisting of a shell of sapphire with an onboard computer. It will be embedded with rotors to sort oxygen from carbon dioxide molecules. These respirocytes would be able to hold oxygen at 100,000 atmospheres of pressure. Just five cc's of respirocytes, 1/1000th the volume of the body's 30 trillion oxygen and carbon dioxide carrying red blood cells, could supply enough oxygen to keep alive for four hours a person whose heart had stopped.

01-11-2004, 06:10 AM
They get Family Guy in Australia? Thank God.

01-11-2004, 08:53 AM
fucking aye we do, that shit is the bomb.

01-11-2004, 09:43 AM
Find it amusing that everyone's more impressed by the signature than the thread :)

01-11-2004, 01:50 PM
The benefits of it seem quite awesome

but I'd hate to see how nanotech will be used for warfare...

01-11-2004, 02:14 PM
Invasion of The Borg :icon_surp

01-11-2004, 11:16 PM
^ We can only hope.

02-11-2004, 01:31 AM
I hope a renegade Borg kills you in your sleep.

02-11-2004, 03:05 AM

02-11-2004, 03:34 AM
Thanks for keeping this discussion on topic guys. :icon_err:

02-11-2004, 03:54 AM
No probs :) Hm, just noticed the question... as Renegade pointed out in the other thread, I'd vote Purgatory.