Our post a few days ago entitled "Amateur Revolution?" generated a stimulating series of comments. Unfortunately, a blog such as this one is not really set up to make effective long-term use of the often excellent ideas contained in your comments.
That's a major reason why we chose to set up another web project, Wise-Nano.org, a site for researchers (and others) to work together, helping to build an understanding of nanotechnology, its effects, and what to do about them. Note that this is a wiki site, meaning it is managed collectively. You and anyone else can write articles there, or edit articles written by others.
So, inspired by the discussion that followed the Amateur Revolution blog post, I created a new article at the Wise-Nano site. It's called "Dimensions of development", and it describes six different dimensions along which molecular manufacturing may be developed...
PROGRAM: Government, Corporate, Private, or Mixed
NUMBER: Single, Dual, or Multiple
VENUE: National, Multinational, or Global
APPROACH: Competitive, Cooperative, or Separate
STYLE: Open or Covert
PACE: Accelerated, Gradual, or Incidental
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With three or four directions within each dimension, the number of possible permutations is in the high hundreds. This means that policy planning must take into account an enormous range of variables and potential outcomes.
I encourage you to read this new article and make changes. Add to it, clarify it, improve it -- that's what wiki sites and Wise-Nano are all about!