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What should be done with the nanofactory animation

WillWare writes "I saw the preliminary animation at the October conference. It's an incredible aid to visualizing and discussing the ideas of molecular manufacturing. The DVD can help wealthy, influential people wrap their brains around the feasibility and the benefits and thereby vastly expedite development. Every Nanodot reader is a stakeholder in the future, so it might be smart to put our ideas where Foresight can see them."

8 Responses to “What should be done with the nanofactory animation”

  1. Chemisor Says:

    How about another DVD?

    > The DVD can help wealthy, influential people wrap
    > their brains around the feasibility and the benefits

    So how about making another DVD to help all the other people understand that having "wealthy, influential people" is very important to the progress of science? These days all I hear is "rich people bad", "rich people greedy: they don't share", "let's make the rich pay more taxes", or "let's get rid of the rich people!"

  2. WillWare Says:

    Re:How about another DVD?

    Milton Friedman did a series of videos in the 1980s that became the basis for his book Free to Choose. Both talk about the connection between economic freedom and political freedom; notice there hasn't been a Japanese Tianenman Square.

    I forget where I heard this, I think it was somebody working in construction: "I've never been hired by a poor person". Whether you like rich people or not, they have a lot of the money and power and without their support, nanotech won't appear in time to make you and me physically immortal. Luckily, the same things will also make them physically immortal, and for motivational purposes that's a powerful selling point.

    The only rich people I worry about (presuming their existence isn't a left-wing myth) are those who labor to ensure that the poor stay poor. Those people would be threatened by nanotech's role as an equalizer. I think most people involved with Foresight at any level (including reading Nanodot) regard the equalizer role as a good thing. The quality-of-life of the wealthy would hopefully rise so quickly that they'd stop worrying about the huge surge of nouveau riche.

  3. WillWare Says:

    bulk price, distribution terms

    Years ago I used to buy copies of "Unbounding the Future" to hand to people who might have the slightest inclination to be interested in or supportive of nanotech development. Where a casual reading of Unbounding might lead one to think it's all fantasy, the animation argues the feasibility case really powerfully. So I'm probably going to want to hand them out to people.

    So my two questions about this: (1) once the challenge grant is done and the animation is finished, what will be the bulk pricing on the DVDs, if I want to buy, say, 25 of them? (2) will the DVD be released under some kind of liberal copying policy?

    Is anybody close enough to this project to be able to provide this information? I'm aware that pricing information will be approximate at this point, I'm mainly looking for a ballpark.

  4. suranyami Says:

    Re:How about another DVD?

    Poor little rich boy! Are all the nasty poor people ganging up on you?

    What utter horseshit. Why are you walking around with such a chip on your shoulder? No-one with half a brain rejects the fact that money and the investment of rich people are required to get anything done in a capital-oriented society.

    The reason people have a problem with specific rich people is when they do bad things. Do you need to be reminded of some of the criminally irresponsible actions taken by Enron, Haliburton, Exxon, Dow Chemicals and Monsanto?

    Your comments are childish and irrelevant to the topic of nanotechnology.

  5. WillWare Says:

    Medical conventions

    A particularly important audience for the DVD would be the medical community. Many of the expected benefits of nanotech are in the arena of medicine. Doctors are a hard-headed stubborn bunch, conservative about new technologies. The fact that doctors will be a difficult audience makes them a valuable one.

    An objection one can expect to hear from doctors will be that nanotech is a manufacturing technology, and advances come primarily in gaining new knowledge, not building new gadgets. One might answer this by saying that with nanotech we can build new kinds of bioprobes, microscopes, DNA sequencers, and diagnostic tools, and so the new manufacturing technology will make new knowledge more accessible.

  6. avlo Says:

    what do with the animation?

    have it slashdotted! http://www.slashdot.org

  7. Anonymous Coward Says:

    Here's an idea:

    Speed it the hell up!!!! I fell asleep after 10 seconds, and this is something that I know about and am interested in!!! also, having any kind of audio would help, either verbal or musical, just something. Interesting music for it would be the string quartet tribute to Pink Floyd's Dark side of the moon album, if you don't have any documentary text to read for it, which of course would be better. To be totally pro, you should use a bit of both, of course. SPEED IT UP THOUGH NO MATTER WHAT!!!

  8. jayakar Says:

    Mechanical engineering on chemical engineering

    Whether the animation may be for the wealthy or for the not-wealthy, it induces an insight wealthy-ness to foresight the probabilities on integrating the mechanical engineering with the chemical engineering, which provides a quantum of clues for further developments in molecular-computing and guided molecular assembly.

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