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May 11, 2005

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Jamais Cascio

Mike, I really wouldn't characterize my post on WorldChanging about this as "oh no!"

The two bits in the (brief) post that could be construed as suggesting apprehension -- "Bill Joy must be tearing his hair out right about now" and "The scariest thing in the report? The note that one of the Cornell researchers has since moved to work at Microsoft" -- were intended as tongue-in-cheek comments, not warnings.

And nowhere do I mention grey goo. I mean, really. We *all* know the goo will be green.

Mike Treder, CRN

Jamais, I could see the bulge in your cheek, but I'm afraid some readers might not. When your first sentence (which is as far as many will read) suggests that Bill Joy is upset with the news, then your post easily could be viewed as a note of alarm.

Maybe I'm overly alert to anything that smacks of nano fear mongering. I know for certain that was not your intention, but writings on the web are notoriously easy to misinterpret.

As for goo, you didn't mention it at all; I was just taking the opportunity to get in another lick for debunking of that pesky meme.

Jamais Cascio

"When your first sentence (which is as far as many will read) suggests that Bill Joy is upset with the news, then your post easily could be viewed as a note of alarm."

I suppose that's possible, but they'd have to be pretty new readers. WorldChanging has been pretty clearly enthusiastic about the potential upsides of nanotechnology (while conscious of the need for careful study of potential problems) and critical of Bill Joy-style panic.

But I appreciate the sensitivity to implied fear mongering. I get the same kind of raised hackles when I see people implicitly dismissing global warming or evolution.

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