Nano televised

From: Gina Miller (
Date: Sat Nov 11 2000 - 21:37:14 MST

Did anyone else check out tonights airing of the Sci Trek show on the
Discovery channel tonight? They had a timeline from the coining of the word
robot (by Copic (sp?) in 1920 who wrote the first sci-fi play RUR) from the
word Robta-meaning forced labor. There were some clips of Asimov and his
books. They then continued with how we are using robots today, from policed
situations, to robowars, to military aspects, and even included Kevin
Warwick's temporary insertion of a microchip in his arm. (he was on the
show) Eventually, they tapered off with nanotechnology, and nanobots. They
had some pretty cool graphics for this segment, and showed a picture of
Drexler. Ray Kurzweil (who wrote, The Age of Spiritual Machines and who I
just saw speak at the Foresight Conference in Bethesda a few days back) and
Bill Spence (Publisher: Nanomagazine) were both interviewed for the show. Of
course both the utopian and doomsday scenerios of such an advanced
technology were discussed. It just barely skimmed the surface, but it's
always nice to see nano in the media. Apparently you can order the tape,
which I will have to figure out, since I mistakenly recorded a "Pax" show,
and needless to say, since erased.

Gina "Nanogirl" Miller
Nanotechnology Industries
"Nanotechnology: Solutions for the future."

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