Re: Telenanoactuaction: an interesting possibility...

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Wed Mar 22 2000 - 09:18:38 MST

Anders Sandberg wrote:

> g_luxmast <> writes:
> > I was thinking if with the theories just known, there is any
> > possibility of teleactuating in nanoscale. For example telemoving
> > individual atoms ...
> To my knowledge there are no such ways that work over macroscopic
> distances.
> The problem is that to hold an atom, you need some kind of field (most
> likely an electromagnetic field) around it, and since they tend to
> fall off with the square (or more) of the distance the range is rather
> limited. Also, you would need to get information back from the atomic
> cluster you are building, and that would require scattering signals
> from it, which would in turn cause scattering from everything else in
> the vicinity which would make it hard to detect anything over the
> noise.

SInce you are using em fields to manipulate the atoms, you can measure the
impedance / CEMF imposed by the atoms in the field to detect them. No need of
using any more signals than what is already present in the manipulation fields.


Michael S. Lorrey Member, Extropy Institute Member, National Rifle Association "Live Free or Die, Death is not the Worst of Evils." - General John Stark

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