Bootstrapping to nanotech

Hagbard Celine (
Thu, 28 Aug 1997 18:13:34 -0400

Does anyone have an educated estimate as to how long it will take
nanotech researchers to bootstrap from Drexlerian engineered protein
machines to the first assembler? Merkle's website has a ton of stuff on
*how* it might be done, but lacks (?) any estimates of the time frame.

Related question: the consensus seems to be that we will have something
between 2010 and 2020. But what will this "something" be?