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Nanotech export controls? Panel to advise US president

Tomorrow I'm serving on one panel and moderating another at Stanford Law School's event featuring nanotechnology. One issue we'll be examining with panelist Susan Kovarovics of Foley & Lardner is the potential for nanotech export controls: "Nanotechnologies that are likely to come under scrutiny include products that could be used to further or counter chemical and biological warfare and other weapons, Kovarovics said. The broad capabilities of nanotechnology could present problems for regulators or their advisers, she said. The challenge will be ensuring national security while avoiding undue regulation." This is going to be a huge issue, eventually. And it's being looked at now: "A panel that advises President Bush on export issues will explore whether nanotechnology needs regulating…The scope could range from restrictions on international trade to rules on staffing foreign nationals."

4 Responses to “Nanotech export controls? Panel to advise US president”

  1. Kadamose Says:

    Be a little more serious…

    Anyone who is currently active in the field knows that this technology will not be able to be controlled or regulated by a central body. It's probably the only thing in this universe that is impossible.

    So please, wake up and smell the shit that these so called 'experts' keep spewing; in the end, they don't know what they're talking about, just like most of the other garbage you'll find in a college textbook.

  2. Chemisor Says:

    Encryption

    It would be prudent to remind them of their failures to impose controls on exports of encryption. Nanotechnology will be distributed in a similar fashion, since after you have an assembler, it's all software. If they want to learn from encryption failures, the only way to do this is to immediately classify all nanotechnology research as top-secret and force all other developing nations to do likewise. Because only a few nations have research capability in this area, and because it will most likely stay this way, such an approach might be successful.

  3. Anonymous Coward Says:

    Bin Laden Plus MNT?

    Kadamose, I was involved in a conversation with someone who is afraid men like Osama Bin Laden will get access to molecular assemblers once these devices, or types of devices, are farmed out to the human race. What would you reply to this?

  4. Kadamose Says:

    Re:Bin Laden Plus MNT?

    People like Bin Laden should be the least of your worries, considering they are nothing more than front men for the Illuminati agenda. The people you need to fear getting this technology would be the Bush family, the Kissingers, and the Windsors; among others.

    But considering most of the current human race will be wiped out once true nanotechnology is revealed, and replaced with post-human, singularity enhanced descendants, they'll be smart enough not have the prejudice and primitive instincts we all have now. They will not be bound by such concepts like government, money, religion, and materialism…their purpose will be to unlock the secrets of the universe, and become 'gods'; something which we currently have the ability to do, but don't utilize.

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