Re: Nanotech has gone mainstream

Peter C. McCluskey (
Sat, 3 Apr 1999 22:14:25 -0800 ("Chris Fedeli") writes:
>I think It's a damn shame. Why would scientists turn their backs on a
>colleague who branches out into speculative public policy? From the
>standpoint of law and politics, Drexler's contribution has already had
>enormous impact, and if the world doesn't erupt in bloody hysteria when the
>first applications of nanotechnology are developed then we'll all have him
>to thank.

He thumbs his nose at traditional ways of financing basic scientific research.

He predicts that nanotech is important enough to make the research that the average scientist is engaged in insignificant, so people who don't substantially adopt his viewpoint as a guide for what to research often see his vision as a threat to their prestige or funding.

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