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Business Relinquishment

WesDuCharme writes "Glenn Reynolds has an interesting piece entitled A Tale of Two Nanotechs http://www.techcentralstation.com/012804A.html. He makes the case that the business community is pulling us away from molecular nanotechnology for fear of the public relations problems that advanced applications may cause. In making the case, however, he oversimplifies the dichotomy, ìThe downside is that a sometimes-bitter war has been waged within the nanotechnology community itself, between the scientists and visionaries on the one hand, and the business people on the other. The scientists and visionaries want research on advanced nanotechnologyÖî Of course there are some scientists, such as Richard Smalley (whom Glenn mentions later), who seem squarely on the side of the business community in this matter. The article goes on to make good arguments that what we might call ìbusiness relinquishmentî is unlikely to work."

2 Responses to “Business Relinquishment”

  1. Anonymous Coward Says:

    problems; differences of viewpoint?

    when problems finally get defined preciselly, most of these petty quarels go away; sometimes, it takes awhile for nature to force people to define the obvious, so untill that time, I'm not even going to worry about everybodies fears and hopes around here.

  2. Gary Mohr Says:

    I am not a scientist but it seems to me that someone or some nation could cheaply produce a device that could endlelssly convert living material into something else. And fill the planet with that something else with very little if anything else remaining alive. Kind of a nuclear device that once released into the planet from anywhere would do massive and deadly results everywhere on the planet.
    How would you and your people prevent this from happening.
    Thank you.

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