Re: Quantum Dot article

J. R. Molloy (
Wed, 15 Sep 1999 15:01:48 -0700

From: Gina Miller <>
>Atomic sandblasting creates regular array of quantum dots

>One of the important questions is of course who
>can we make use of these self-ordering phenomena.

>Following this observation several experiments were performed in order to
>understand the formation mechanism of the dots. It is a self-organization
>process which occurs during the sputtering. The bombarding ions roughen the
>surface but a diffusion process tends to smoothen the surface again. Under
>the right conditions the interplay between roughening and smoothing
>the observed regular pattern.

> ...Another important approach is
>the self-organized growth of quantum dots by MBE [molecular beam epitaxy]
machines. Here the number
>of materials is limited for which the desired growth modes occurs.

I like "self-ordering" and "self-organized" engineering, because I think nano-computational mind children probably depend on it. Play the MBE with sufficient virtuosity, and presto!, another successful chip design -- two levels of magnitude smaller.

I don't know, but I suppose
those who fear and oppose the possible evolution of superhuman intelligence, ignore the reality of human resistance to enlightenment. So, first become enlightened, and the real danger of ordinary human insanity, in all its tribal absurdity, becomes clear. We have nothing to fear from our machines, and everything to fear from our biologically derived lust for power, IMNSHO.