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A Senator’s views on Nanotech R&D

from the Getting-it-right? dept.
UPI published an interview with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a few days after his 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act passed Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approval and headed for the Senate floor (see Nanodot post Sept. 25, 2002). The interview is noteworthy for the perspective it gives on the major ideas motivating one major sponsor of government funding of nanotechnology development. Wyden tackles the challenge of convincing a public unfamiliar with nanoscale science and technology that nanotechnology is worth funding. "If we show people practical applications, how it can revolutionize their lives, that's the best way to deal with it. … A big part of what we have to do is use this committee as sort of a bully pulpit to walk through technology questions, show the practical applications and relate them to the goals that often sound strange at the beginning, but could become part of people's daily conversation before too long."

Wyden is predictably interested in the potential of nanotechnology to provide good jobs for many people, but more unexpected is his insightful comment that "Certainly health care has a lot of potential applications, but there isn't a scientific field that can't be shown to be ripe for revolutionary changes in the way it operates (with nanotech). This is about a fundamental restructuring of a set of technologies with near-limitless potential."

Likewise, Wyden has a clear idea why government investment is important. "Let's take the two [applications] we've been talking about, electronics and health. Startup investments are going to be key, and venture capital is hard to get right now in a slippery economy. Some modest investments in the startup end can pay big dividends down the road." And "We're not going to over-hype it, we're going to say the government can't afford not to make these early investments. No one can pretend it'll be out there in the next 15 minutes … but there will be benefits for society, which of course is the litmus test."

One Response to “A Senator’s views on Nanotech R&D”

  1. bugstuff Says:

    Quantification Method

    Does a steady reduction of the Mortgage Interest Rate provide proper quantification of commitment of science to the 'good' of humanity?

    The value of a course of action must be examined in the light using two separate litmus test measuring two different sociological processes. The two major sociological processes are:

    RULE OF LAW:

    (1) Does a specific course of action comply with the Rule of Law?

    A specific course of action complies with the Rule of Law when the Spirit of Discernment and Truth attest that a course of action is inherently and innately RIGHT to elected leaders who pass legislation pertaining to a specific course of action.

    Personally, the Spirit of Discernment and Truth attest to me that reduction of the mortgage interest rate provides proper quantification of commitment of science to humanity. Also, reduction of the mortgage interest rate as a measurement of commitment of science to the good of humanity appeals to logic and reason.

    If the Spirit of Discernment and Truth reveals to an elected leader that reduction of the mortgage interest rate is just and right due to rapid scientific advancement, than proportionate reduction of the mortgage interest rate relative to speed of scientific progress complies with the rule of law.

    I believe reduction of the mortgage interest rate, as a measurement of the commitment of science to humanity will appeal to the Spirit of Discernment and Truth abiding within the consciousness of any one single individual.

    Due to the fact that the RIGHTNESS of reduction of the mortgage interest rate as a measurement of the commitment of science to the good of humanity appeals to the Spirit of Discernment and Truth abiding within the consciousness of a few individuals (minority within the population) as well as the majority of the population than reduction of the mortgage interest rate in direct proportion to scientific progress may be considered to comply with the rule of law.

    The Wonderful Life Foundation discourse entitled 'Has God Intervened to Prevent the Apocalypse?' provides a discussion of the rule of law within the context of international diplomacy. Click Here to read 'Has God Intervened to Prevent the Apocalypse?' posted as item 4 out of 4 by bugstuff 9/24/02 7:42 PM on the Belief Net Apocalypse Message Board Forum.

    The following is an excerpt from the Wonderful Life Foundation post found on Belief Net.org:

    The process of International Diplomacy involves strategizing to form alliances to gain positions of power. The act of strategizing to form alliances to gain positions of power is a type of game playing.

    Famed Psychologist Eric Berne provides a discourse on game playing in his Psychological theory of Transactional Analysis. Game playing pervasively occurs in interpersonal relationships.

    Game Playing has great potential to steer diplomacy in the direction that the majority are wrong and the minority are RIGHT. The Rule of Law adds complexity to the balancing act upon a high tight rope human civilization must do to survive.

    SPIRALING INCREASE OF COST OF LIVING AS CONSEQUENCE OF STRENGHENING ACADEMIC PROGRAMS LEADING TO ECONOMIC COMPETITION BETWEEN WHITE COLLAR PROFESSIONALS AND SKILLED TRADESMEN.

    Reduction of the Mortgage interest rate is a valid measurement of the commitment of science to humanity only IF all other economic indicators are kept constant. It is a difficult task to hold all economic indicators constant.

    The cost of living dramatically increases in various geographical regions when income of white-collar professional people goes up as a consequence of academic institutions strengthening academic programs.

    A better educated professional segment within a population boost income levels of white-collar professionals, including legal staff, upper management personal, medical professionals, etc.

    The strengthening of academic programs by institutions of Higher Education leads to an increase in the cost of Higher Education. The increase in cost of Higher Education is passed on to all members of society. The act of passing on High Cost of education by white-collar professionals boost income of white-collar professionals.

    The boost of income of white-collar professionals due to strengthening academic programs triggers higher prices charged by skilled tradesmen. A vicious cycle of escalation of the cost of living emerges from competition between white-collar professionals and skilled tradesmen.

    The economic war between white-collar professionals and skilled tradesmen can smash unskilled workers into dire poverty. Unskilled workers who are caught up in the digital divide may be helpless even though they may reach to better themselves.

    Unskilled workers may be helpless because unskilled workers may be repeatedly stomped upon by the escalating cost of living. The escalating cost of living is fueled by an economic war between white-collar professionals and skilled tradesmen.

    DEEPLY EMBEDDED INGRAINED HOARDING BEHAVIOR AND ASSOCIATED EMOTIONS OF CONTEMPT AND DISDAIN AS A CONSEQUENCE OF SCAVAGING AND PICKING OVER LIMITED PRECIOUS NATURAL RESOURCES OVER EONS AND EONS OF TIME.

    In Psychology the accumulation of excessive wealth is associated with hoarding behavior. Hoarding behavior is a learned response deeply rooted in the survival mechanism of prehistoric man.

    The famed Psychoanalyst Carl Jung espoused the theory of Collective Consciousness. Collective Consciousness is a theoretical framework describing how certain environmental stimuli become deeply embedded and ingrained in the psychological make up of people over eons and eons of time.

    Since the beginning of time, prehistoric men and women learned how to contend with scarce natural resources. Prehistoric man learned how to contend with scarce natural resources by scavenging and picking over scarce natural resources. The need to scavenge and pick over scarce natural resources may have deeply ingrained hoarding behavior into the psychological make up of modern men and women.

    The deeply embedded instinct of hoarding behavior may explain why an ever-present emotion of disdain and contempt is pervasively found throughout society. It is commonly known that staffs of various business organizations make jokes about external customers. Jokes about external customers may be a way to disguise guilt associated with profiting from business relationships to earn a living.

    IF science is successful in dramatically increasing material abundance within society, can deeply embedded ingrained hoarding behavior and associated emotions of contempt and disdain be unlearned and erased from the psychological make up of modern man ?

    An increase in material abundance may decrease hoarding behavior and lessen associated negative emotions of contempt and disdain. An increase in material abundance may decrease the necessity to contend with limited scarce precious natural resources. A decrease in the necessity to contend with extremely limited scarce natural resources may decrease hoarding behavior and lessen associated negative emotions of contempt and disdain. People may learn to "live and let live."

    People, today, do not fully understand the profound socioeconomic impact powerful cutting edge technologies such as nanotechnology may have upon society.

    DRAMATIC INCREASE IN WEALTH AND MATERIAL ABUNDANCE AND MOVEMENT TOWARD BECOMING A MORE PRIMITIVE SOCIETY.

    The cost of health insurance is a vital economic indicator moving up, up, and up in cost despite scientific progress that should help to substantially reduce cost of quality medical care.

    Scientist have invented and are very close to perfection of a ìlaboratory on a chipî. The laboratory on a chip may eliminate the need for essential medical laboratory personnel and costly laboratory equipment.

    It only seems logical that elimination of unnecessary medical staff and costly medical equipment will decrease the cost of health insurance. It is odd that health insurance continues to spiral upward despite medical advances.

    According to Dr. K. Eric Drexler, in his book Engines of Creation, ìOne test of the freedom a technology offers is whether it frees people to return to a primitive way of life.î Click Here to Read, "Advance Simplicity", by Dr. K. Eric Drexler, in the book Engines of Creation, currently posted online.

    Ultimately technology is suppose to streamline complicated industrial processes to make life simple for people, so that individuals can concentrate upon what is most important in life: love for God, family, friends, and neighbors.

    Ultimately technology should help people achieve personal goals and move toward self-actualization as described by famed Psychologist Abraham Maslow. In this regard, a reduction of the mortgage interest rate to a 3% 30 year fixed term would certainly help.

    The escalating cost of medical care despite scientific advances in medical science that should reduce the cost of quality medical care may be a sign that society is moving in the wrong direction. Certainly, we are not yet moving toward a ìprimitive societyî as described in Dr. K. Eric Drexlers book, Engines of Creation.

    INDUSTRIALIZATION AND DISAPPEARENCE OF THE FAMILY FARM UNIT.

    People may argue that science has progressively made life better by increasing wealth and abundance within society over the years. Industrialization is a sociological process incorporating cutting edge technological advancements.

    The disappearance of the family farm unit is one area where individuals have loss control over their lives. The disappearance of the family farm unit may be a sign we are not moving toward a more ìprimitive societyî as described in Engines of Creation.

    (2) DEMOCRATIC GENERAL CONSENUS OF ìGOOD PEOPLEî TRYING TO SOLVE DIFFICULT PROBLEMS AS SECOND MAJOR SOCIOLOGICAL PROCESS CRITICAL IN ANALYSIS OF THE VALUE OF A COURSE OF ACTION.

    The Rule of Law and the Democratic general consensus of ìgood peopleî(responsible citizens) trying to solve difficult problems are two separate sociological processes that must be examined to evaluate the value of a course of action that may be legislated into law.

    The Rule of Law and the Democratic general consensus of ìgood peopleî have a complex interactive relationship.

    The complex interactive relationship between The Rule of Law and the Democratic general consensus of ìgood peopleî trying to solve difficult problems is a complicated equation society must analysis while performing a delicate balancing act upon a high tight rope during the circus act we call life.

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