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« A taste of things to come? | Main | Stages of Acceptance »

August 09, 2004


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I have four leads for a CNT growth system that my friend and I are working in India. All four leads are university or national labs and they may try to make their own systems instead. We are trying to convince them to buy from us (for obvious reasons). So, yeah, there is "nanotube: work going on in India. Hopefully, we can close these sales in the next few months.

The comment by Indian's president was with regards to nanotube and nanosensor technology. I don't think that Kalam's remarks were with regards to "molecular manufacturing".

Chris Phoenix, CRN

Kurt--Kalam mentioned Drexler as one of three great nanotechnologists, and cited Nanosystems (rather than, say, Engines) as the reason. Nanosystems is all about molecular manufacturing. Why do you think Kalam wasn't talking about molecular manufacturing?



Yes, I know that Kalam talked about Drexler and naosystems in a recent speech. However, the speech was in the context of near term applications such as MEMS and nanosensors. He did mention Nanosystems, but I think more as a "down-stream" possibility, say 20-30 years in the future. Not as something thats likely to be developed in 5-10 years.

Chris Phoenix, CRN

Kurt--Any more specific information you can get for us will be greatly appreciated. For example: Has anyone in India made public the results of any study on what it'll take to develop molecular manufacturing? If not, then probably either 1) no such study has been done, or 2) it's been done and the results are interesting enough to keep secret. As time goes by, option 1) becomes rapidly less likely.

Remember that molecular manufacturing promises many orders of magnitude improvement on several fundamental technology dimensions. Even if this were thought to be 20-30 years off, it would be rather important to know when this will happen. Anyone who thinks molecular manufacturing is possible should be doing this kind of study.

Until now, naysayers could claim that no one really thought it was possible. They can't say that anymore. So a continuing lack of results will become more and more interesting...


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