Long download times and overworked servers have made it difficult for many to access the "must-see" movie that we wrote about back in July. Although many thousands already have seen it, many more people have not yet been able to watch this amazing computerized animation of a near-future nanofactory.
We're happy to report that KurzweilAI.net has posted the movie in a streaming media format. "Productive Nanosystems: From Molecules to Superproducts," was produced by John Burch of Lizard Fire Studios, in collaboration with Dr. K. Eric Drexler. The project was made possible by a grant from Mark Sims, CEO of Nanorex.
Dr. Drexler designed and analyzed the processes shown at the molecular level of the factory and provided guidance and feedback during the entire project. He is a researcher, author, policy advocate, and CRN advisor focused on emerging technologies and their consequences for the future. He pioneered studies of productive nanosystems and their products (the still-theoretical field originally termed "nanotechnology"). He has authored numerous technical publications on this topic as well as books including Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology, which first introduced the basic concepts to a general audience, and Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation, an applied-physics analysis of advanced productive nanosystems.
Now that the nanofactory movie has been made available as streaming media, we urge everyone to see it -- or see it again -- and then tell all your friends. Adequate preparation for the serious societal and environmental implications of advanced nanotechnology will require significant public support. This video could communicate the potential power of the technology more convincingly than any article or speech.