K. Eric Drexler
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K. Eric Drexler
Today we have big, crude instruments guided by intelligent surgeons, and we have little, stupid molecules of drugs that get dumped into the body, diffuse…
I’ve encountered a lot of people who sound like critics but very few who have substantive criticisms. There is a lot of skepticism, but it…
But if we can manage it so people don’t have things forced on them that they don’t want, I think there’s every reason to believe…
An international race in the relevant technologies is getting under way at this point, not necessarily with an understanding of where that race leads in…
The really big difference is that what you make with a molecular machine can be completely precise, down to the tiniest degree of detail that…
The other advantage is that in conventional manufacturing processes, it takes a long time for a factory to produce an amount of product equal to…
On the molecular scale, you find it’s reasonable to have a machine that does a million steps per second, a mechanical system that works at…
My work at MIT had focused on what we could build in space once we had inexpensive space transportation and industrial facilities in orbit. And…
I had been impressed by the fact that biological systems were based on molecular machines and that we were learning to design and build these…
Any powerful technology can be abused.
Protein engineering is a technology of molecular machines – of molecular machines that are part of replicators – and so it comes from an area…
If you take all the factories in the world today, they could make all the parts necessary to build more factories like themselves. So, in…
You can find academic and industrial groups doing some relevant work, but there isn’t a focus on building complex molecular systems. In that respect, Japan…
Likewise nanotechnology will, once it gets under way, depend on the tools we have then and our ability to use them, and not on the…
And that because the moving parts are a million times smaller than the ones we’re familiar with, they move a million times faster, just as…
After realizing that we would eventually be able to build molecular machines that could arrange atoms to form virtually any pattern that we wanted, I…
It’s a lot easier to see, at least in some cases, what the long-term limits of the possible will be, because they depend on natural…
My greatest concern is that the emergence of this technology without the appropriate public attention and international controls could lead to an unstable arms race.
But while doing that I’d been following a variety of fields in science and technology, including the work in molecular biology, genetic engineering, and so…
The basic parts, the start-up molecules, can be supplied in abundance and don’t have to be made by some elaborate process. That immediately makes things…
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