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« Prophecies of Doom | Main | Adapting to Abundance »

September 06, 2006


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The criticism that there are no showstarters, often seems to me like someone saying that the rockets of the Germans in W.W.II were not showstarters for the Apollo program. This is, of course, true; but only in the most pedantic sense. The same criticisms is leveled at the most basic mechanosynthectic reactions; carbon dimer placement has only been demonstrated in simulations and not in the lab, and the IBM logo demonstation used Xenon on Nickel; therefore building diamond by SPMs may not work.

I can't help but think that if all the radical ideas related to Drexlerian nanotechnology (i.e radical life-extension, nanofactories that can make anything) had not been talked about; then maybe the rather modest-sounding claim that one can build interesting nanostuctures out of diamond one atom (or dimer) at time would have been accepted more easily. Infact I am pretty sure that most scanning-probe-microscopist would have believed in the feasibility of such a modest claim if it was not connected to the radical ideas about MNT. It is as if the human consequences of an idea effect one's assessment of the technical feasibility of that idea. In other words, "If it sounds too good to be true, then it must be false."

As far as I am concerned the show has already started. The question now is, will the show get to the final act without an insurmountable hiccup?

Chris Phoenix, CRN

Thanks, NanoEnthusiast; you've inspired today's blog post.


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