Cult Science

My recent post about NanoCreationists – i.e the various open source transhumanists and trekkies who believe that because someone once wrote something in a book it must be true – got some of them rather hot under the collar (and foaming at the mouth judging by some of the spittle flecked missives we have received on the subject). Unfortunately we …

Debunking the NanoCreationists

The mechnosynthesis fans at places like the Centre for Irresponisble Promotion of Unfeasble Nanotechnologies always get a bit hot under the collar when criticised, and the first line of attack is always to quote Lord Kelvin’s famous 1882 remark that “Heavier than air flying machines are impossible.” I am not convinced that this is a valid argument when looking at …

NanoSpam

The recent brouhahah over ads on Facebook when Vodafone, Virgin Media and First Direct pulled online ads that they found were being placed next to information about the far right British National Party is mirrored on the nanoscale with the number of ads for wacky food supplements and get rich quick newsletters that Google’s algorithms think are appropriate to various …

Nanobots on the Attack

Ralph Merkle has apparently successfully rebutted all the claims about the feasibility of molecular assemblers made by Martin Moskovits in Nanotech Law and Business. Puzzlingly, all the evidence cited seems to have been published by Merkle himself ten or more years ago. If this is all perfectly feasible and scientifically correct, then what has Merkle been doing for the past …

The Nanotech iPhone

The Onion reports that Apple is set to release the much-hyped iPhone Friday, June 29. Here are some of its most highly anticipated features: Nanotechnology enables it to reassemble itself when thrown against wall Exclusive link to Google Street View so you can watch yourself using your iPhone at all times Takes Polaroids When moved from hand to ear, makes …

Transhumanist Law

I’m not sure what it is about the MNT community, but any perceived heresy must be responded to with bile and venom.  There’s nothing wrong with a good debate, but some of the comments on the IEEE blog seem rather over the top. This post at the Foresight blog made me wonder whether the transhumanist fundamentalists were planning a utopian …

Pouring Petrol On Troubled Waters

Our own Dexter Johnson wades into the wet/dry mechanical/biological argument over at IEEE Spectrum to pour oil on troubled waters and no doubt light a match. It’s a good theses, one I have been discussing for years with various prominent scientists, most of whom wonder why the Foresight gang don’t just go off and do some science rather than wasting …

A Reality Check For Solar Nanotech

While the sustainability bandwagon rolls inexorably on, I have noticed an increasing number of presentations claiming that nanotechnology will solve the worlds problems. Otillia Saxl of the IoN pointed out recently in Norway a number of ways that nanotechnologies can provide solutions, although I was rather glad that she didn’t go into the precise details of how nanotechnology can solve …

Less Nano, More Steel

Those well known environmental activists, the United Steelworkers of America, have become the latest to jump on the anti nano bandwagon – perhaps someone told them that plastics might replace steel? So it’s no to nano and no to any discussion about it.