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Nanotechnologists inspired by … science fiction

from the okay-who-talked dept.
Our secret is out: what some of us knew but didn't talk much about, except quietly among ourselves. German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reveals the influence science fiction has had on nanotechnologists and other high-tech researchers: "I was a dyed-in-the-wool Trekkie," says Freitas. And those who want to get an idea of what is currently going on in the twilight zone between science, fantasy and politics must take such confessions seriously. Just as the German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann's generation was obsessed with Homer, so all the great sci-fi epics, especially those on celluloid, have left their mark on these 40-something scientists. And they now have the education and — thanks to the new economy — the enormous financial resources they need to pursue their version of reality. Er, some of us have the financial resources.

One Response to “Nanotechnologists inspired by … science fiction”

  1. Jeffrey Soreff Says:

    Spoiler for recent story (with MNT overtone)

    While the topic is about influences from classic SF, there are a final 4 sentences from a current SF novelet, "The Alien Abduction" by James L. Cambias [Fantasy & Science Fiction :4-30 Sep2000], which seem very applicable to MNT, both STM atom manipulation work and the various molecular actuators of Seeman, Stoddart, Yurke et. al.

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    "What will you do now that you have hands?"

    "I do not know," I told him. "Perhaps great things, perhaps terrible things, perhaps nothing at all. We shall see."

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