> *I* think that nanotech is scary. *I* don't want to be on the same
> planet when it's developed.
Too late. Its heeere! You have 40 trillion self-replicating nanites crawling around inside you right now.... And they are much worse than the systems suggested by Drexler et. al. because they can't even copy their operating program correctly!
> If people are frightened to death I say "GOOD!" because that's less
> insane than the mind-boggling naivete exhibited by most researchers.
Seriously Eliezer, could you explain a bit more what it is you are afraid of --
(a) self-replicating machines; (b) our ability to program such machines; (c) the advanced materials properties allowed by hard-nanotech; (d) every [sane] person being able to do (b) on (a) constructed from (c); (e) the dangers that result from (d) including not-quite-so-sane people; (f) the risks posed by allowing nanomachinery to "evolve"; (g) something I've missed?
If it is (b) on (a), I think in the biotech industry will achieve it
in the next 3-5 years. [I may even start the company to do it... :-)]