Re: NIH Conference on Nanotech

From: Ken Clements (
Date: Mon Jun 26 2000 - 14:47:58 MDT wrote:

> >
> > In others cases, the expectations seem na´ve and unrealistic: these are
> > primarily being advanced by a vocal cult of futurists whose enthusiasm
> > is beyond question, but whose agenda is not. I will argue that for the
> > real science to proceed, nanotechnologists ought to distance themselves
> > from the giggle factor and position themselves for the serious work of
> > the 21st century.

I suspect this is actually the nervous "giggle" reflexively produced by the
future vision of the scientific feudal system falling apart.. It is not that
*all* nanoscale science has been done, it is that *enough* has been done to
get going. Once it does get going, industry will be off the starting blocks
and charging for the product finish lines. Those not in the race, will watch
it pass by.


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