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Nanotechnology takes on distressing new meaning in Australia

Check out the work of the Computational Nanotechnology Group at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia: “molecular computing is a practical use of nanotechnology for generating glitch and error.” Nanotechnology can now be used to mess up pictures of Superman, Popeye, and James Brown. It can mess up music too. I wonder whether the folks at the Chancellery Strategic Initiative realize that this is where their Molecular Computing grant funds are going?

This work may be quite good as art — I don’t pretend to know — but let’s make sure that art is funded with arts funds, not nanotech funds. And if it is being funded by arts funds, let’s not call it nanotechnology or molecular computing. (If you do like the art, go here.)

Note that the researcher’s email address is “cajones”. It did indeed take chutzpah to pull this one off. –CP

3 Responses to “Nanotechnology takes on distressing new meaning in Australia”

  1. divya sharma Says:

    in my view nanotechnology has a better prospective in the future to come. it has wide applications in the field of medicene and in the field of agriculture which are the amjor big challenges to face …nanotechnology brings a better result compared to the other technologies present in todays era the articles published through this site.

  2. Del Wilson Says:

    While I agree that what the Aussie is doing with nano technology or molecular computing as he terms it looks pretty useless and even raises questions about his mindset, it does give a sense of the potential of this new technology. We have only began to explore where nanotech may take us. The things he is doing with it seem of little if any value to most of us but it does suggest that there may be new and powerfull ways to work with media that may have very beneficial applications. Bear in mind that technology is indifferent to value systems. There is a place for freewheeling ‘what can I do with this’ experimentation without any specific objective in mind. It spawns new ideas and new uses in a way that more focused and structured approaches ofttimes miss.

  3. Patrick Simpson Says:

    This is a total grant scam. This guy needs to have ALL of his grant funding revoked and an investigation into his lab should be started ASAP. This entire project could not have cost more than 125 $US to run ( Cost of CD’s and DVD plus fungus ).

    This is the kind of thing that the nanotech community needs to stomp on or we will be viewed in the same light a snake oil salesman where viewed.

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