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April 16, 2009

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Mike Treder

Last year on the BBC, Kaku was even more explicit.

Tom Craver

Dos a virus cut and splice and dice molecules?

Chris Phoenix

Well, the battery seems to have been made by self-assembly; the molecules were sliced and diced in the process of making the viruses, not by the viruses themselves.

But some viruses do slice and dice molecules. Most bacteria have a cell wall, and (for example) the phages that infect E. coli include an enzyme on their "landing pad" that digests the cell wall.

Chris

kurt9

You will notice that this "virus-built" battery technology is "wet" nanotech, much like the recent development by Dr. Seemens.

tin whisker

Why would we develop molecular manufacturing?How will molecular manufacturing improve our lives?...

ISAM

I think that a lot of nanofactory enthusiasts forget that it is almost impossibly difficult to surmount the technical difficulties of building such a machine.If one day these building problems are solved it definitely won't be in our lifetimes.I really hope I am wrong and I can benefit from these technical marvels.

Chris Phoenix

ISAM, have you seen the paper in which I describe a feasible nanofactory architecture in detail? It's really not that hard. Just some robotics, some chemistry, a few levels of hierarchy, some product design, some mechanical layout, some simple fault tolerance...

Chris

Mark Liechens

I have to agree with some of the other commentors in that I have a difficult time seeing how molecular manufacturing would in any way effect our lives.

Chris Phoenix

High-volume rapid prototyping of advanced high-performance products with near-unlimited manufacturing capacity, and you don't see how it could affect our lives? You don't see the implications for aerospace, medicine, food and energy, entertainment, military...?

Chris

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