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The Luddites prepare to strike again.
1 posted on 12/22/2003 9:37:52 PM PST by neverdem
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To: farmfriend
PING
2 posted on 12/22/2003 9:38:46 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi min oi)
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You could never be hungry, never be sick, have all the energy you need, all the water, all the food and no diseases.

1) The planet or our species would be destroyed within a couple of generations.

2) We already got all that, it's called death.


How old do you have to be before you stop "dreaming" you can make the finite infinite?

3 posted on 12/22/2003 9:43:23 PM PST by D-fendr
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To: neverdem; RadioAstronomer; AAABEST; Ace2U; Alamo-Girl; Alas; alfons; amom; AndreaZingg; ...
Rights, farms, environment ping.

Let me know if you wish to be added or removed from this list.
I don't get offended if you want to be removed.

4 posted on 12/22/2003 9:45:49 PM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: neverdem
In an editorial in the September 2003 issue of smalltimes magazine, Greenpeace UK’s chief scientist Douglas Parr writes: "Greenpeace has not called for a ban on nanoparticles, but a moratorium until the hazards are characterized and understood."

An appropriate name for a magazine produced by such small thinkers.

7 posted on 12/22/2003 10:09:51 PM PST by What Is Ain't
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To: neverdem
This sounds like great technology for entirely new kinds of weapons. What are the possibilities?
8 posted on 12/22/2003 11:20:42 PM PST by DeweyCA
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To: neverdem
bttt
11 posted on 12/23/2003 4:26:02 AM PST by lainde (Heads up...We're coming and we've got tongue blades!!)
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To: neverdem
Here is the gist of the author's argument:

As for unintended consequences, someday something will go wrong with nanotechnology, as it has with electricity, cars, and computers. But we shouldn’t deny ourselves the benefits of a new technology just because we cannot foresee every consequence. We should proceed by trial and error and ameliorate problems as they arise.

Armageddon may indeed be postponed indefinitely, but only if, with due caution, we leave human genius free to harvest the fruits of technological progress.

It's a stupid and irresponsible argument founded in technological hubris bordering on religious faith. He pretends that there is no consequence so serious that we can't invent a fix in time. There are any number of historic die-offs that attest to the fact that nature can indeed serve up consequences from which its victims do not recover.

Each invention carries risks, some of which are quite apparently lower than others. Insurance can do a dandy job of assessing whether a product is worth the attendant risks. Validation of the accuracy of product claims and risk assessments are necessarily the province of a third party. Patent applied for. :-) All we really need is tort reform.

12 posted on 12/23/2003 9:45:02 AM PST by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly stupid.)
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To: neverdem
The last 100 years was spent figuring out the potential applications of electronics. The next 100 years will be spent discovering the latent potential of nanotech
13 posted on 12/24/2003 4:49:48 AM PST by SauronOfMordor (That which does not kill me, had better run away real fast)
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To: neverdem
In his 1998 book The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Privacy and Freedom?, science fiction writer and futurist David Brin suggests another way to handle intrusive surveillance: make sure the watchers are watched.

This is a pretty good book. I'd give it a good recommend.

16 posted on 12/24/2003 6:05:03 AM PST by Prodigal Son
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