On 22 Mar 2000, Anders Sandberg wrote:
> g_luxmast <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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
> 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
Anders, it depends what is meant by the "teleactuate" in this question.
At the last Foresight conference, there was a very nice force-feedback
AFM that you could actually *use* (very cool). You could scan across
and "feel" the bumps in the atomic surface. Now if the "tele-" in
the question is as in "tele-medicine", I could easily see you controlling
a device like this in Germany from Sweeden. The net delays are going to
start to get you going from Sweeden to Maryland. If you have a direct
connection you could probably do it to the moon, but certainly much farther
(no way with Mars).
I'm not sure of its use though. I thought it might be useful for
opening nanobombs, but then I realized that nanobombs (in small
quantities) aren't dangerous to us anyway. They could do
a nasty number on your AFM tip, so you are might have to replace
those at a fairly fast rate. Given the difficulties with this
currently, you probably want the lab pretty close.
So I would say that the answer is yes, you could telemove individual
with only a modest recombining of current technologies. The jury
is still out on psychokinesis however. :-)
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