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December 13, 2004

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Janessa Ravenwood

The arguments of the "it can't be done" crowd look more ridiculous with each passing month at this point. Maybe that's why people like this are getting so antsy:

http://www.angelsagainstnanotech.blogspot.com/

WARNING: website of extreme nutjobs (from Howard Lovy).

Mike Deering

『トヨタ・パートナーロボット』の概要


当社は、人の活動をサポートする「トヨタ・パートナーロボット」の開発を進めており、このたび、その概要について発表しました。

Jim Logajan

Wake me when someone finally invents a robot capable of cleaning bathrooms. As designated bathroom cleaner at our house, I can tell you I'm definitely in the market. (Hey, if you can't build one to clean your bathroom, do you want one swimming around in your bloodstream?)

Mr. Farlops

Tidying a bathroom, or any room, is probably much harder to mechanize than cleaning a blood vessel. Think about it. Where do things get put away? What if it's a new thing that's bulky enough to force you to rearrange other things to put it away? Sure, it's boring but, do you think it's easy?

Anyone who has worked in machine vision and robot navigation will tell you it isn't.

Anyway--about the Angels Against Nano--it seems to me that these activists aren't going to be taken very seriously. Paranoia makes me think this group is tailored by the powers that be to discredit anyone who cricizes nano.

Serious or not, one needs only look at the failed GM food bans in Europe to realize they aren't going to stop this.

John B

After reading the site, it seems these protesters apparently have something similar to CRNano's point of view - "we don't know what Nanotech is, nor do we know what its final costs are, but it's coming and we have to get ready".

They differ with CRNano in that they seem to have a different tolerance for risk, but both are approaching the same problem: How do we get through the generation of nanotech?

They are also apparently more interested in the protest venue(s) (that being their apparent personal history, protesting GM foods) than the more scholarly or political venue(s), which are Mike & Chris' apparent histories (from what I've come across).

In some ways, they might make a very useful 'friendly foe' for CRNano, and vice versa.

-John

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