Hello Fleshy Ones!

The Foresight Institute are continuing their series on the Singularity – it’s fascinating stuff, it really is. I would guess — and this is blatantly a speculation, albeit a fairly well informed one, that the “secret trick” of AI will fall in the next decade. That means that the 20s will see robots not just as good as humans at …

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What’s In A Word?

One of the oddest arguments of the molecular manufacturing community (the bunch that believe that nanofactories will lead to eternal life. personal freedom, and do away with the need for money, government, clothes and apparently, good manners or common sense) is their possessiveness of the term nanotechnology.This extract from a recent tirade is typical: By appropriating the term nanotechnology for …

Nanofactories: The Scientific Equivalent Of Defecating In a Swimming Pool?

Given the recent discussions of the effect of the Singlarity University, and the difficulty of discussing nanotechnology without getting sidetracked by discussions about life extension, nanofactories and human extension, someone recently commented that these ideas have ‘polluted the well (of nanoscience).’ The problem is that the propagation of these rather odd ideas is continuous, just when you think the last …

A Brave New Nanotech Utopia?

I’m grateful to UFO Digest for the following summary of what nanotech is all about. Unfortunately, it is uncannily, similar the the views of some of those involved with the new singularity university….and of course totally and utterly wrong. I do wonder how much the Singularians would agree about the post utopian scenario here? We are on the brink of …

Pronking Nanotech In Congress

Pronk??? Tip of the hat to Andrew Maynard for bouncing this over. For us ‘Brits’ this kind of spoof is indistinguishable from the real thing – I’ve met several lobbyists in DC who have asked me to help out with various projects, but for the most part I didn’t have a clue what they were talking about. They seem to …

Nano World Headquarters Ready To Boost Ailing US Economy

The US economy is poised for a much needed boost according to a press release from the rather preposterously named Nano World Headquarters. The Nano World Headquarters promises to use nanotechnology to rather presciently address almost every issue referred to in President Obama’s inugaration speech. All we can see is that the PR seems to be written by Mr Toad …

Ethical Dilemmas – Nanotech or a Smoke?

The hyperactive boffins at the Project for Emerging nanotechnologies have a new report out written by Ronald Sandler looking at the Social and Ethical issues, which always caused me a problem. Half of me instinctively goes “oh no, not another report looking at the ethical issues of stuff that hasn’t been invented or has little to do with nanotechnology (i.e. …

The Physical Sciences are the Cornerstone of Prosperity for the US Future

The new US administration seems to be moving quickly, allowing the use of embryonic stem cells and Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu addressed all the national labs yesterday. A couple of the heartening points reported at CosmicVariance are The DOE is the principal supporter of physical sciences in the US, and the physical sciences are the conernstone of prosperity for …