Re: Submolecular nanotech [WAS: Goals]

Anders Sandberg (
18 May 1999 01:04:17 +0200

"Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <> writes:

> I know of at least two instances of sub-molecular technology. (1)
> artificial atoms; (2) sculpted quantum states. (Unfortunately my links
> appear to be broken - sorry, guys! (1) is changing the shape of a
> single atom's wavefunction, and (2) is doing some kind of custom stuff
> on probability distributions, I think. Anyone have a valid link?)

The fun part is that sculpting electron clouds like the recent theoretical ideas suggest could even be useful - lots of potential for odd chemistry, atomic manipulation, quantum computation and everything. It doesn't have to involve the nucleus to be interesting.

> What the heck does he - does *any* race with that kind of technology -
> want with gold, anyway?

Nice conductor. One of the few metals where you can see relativistic effects visibly (I seem to recall; it was a while since I read up on why gold and copper look like they do, I might be wrong here).

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