Friday, November 17, 2006

Danger Nanobots

A new report warns about the dangers of nanotechnology. Its author explains why it's important to act now.

Somebody should let Alberta PC Leadership Candidate Victor Doerksen know about this.

Victor Doerksen Nanotechnology is great!

But as debate over the nanotech initiative heated up, Drexler's ideal was kicked in the gut by Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy.

"An immediate consequence of the Faustian bargain in obtaining the great power of nanotechnology is that we run a grave risk -- the risk that we might destroy the biosphere on which all life depends," Joy wrote in a landmark Wired magazine essay, "Why the Future Doesn't Need Us."

Left unchecked, Joy wrote, self-replicating molecular machines could endlessly copy themselves, engulfing the globe in a nanotechnological "gray goo."

That is if the little buggers ever can be built. A lot of scientists aren't so sure.

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