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Help with collaborative nanoposter development

Alexander Grigorovich-Barsky has designed a large nanotechnology poster (1.2 MB pdf) which attempts to give an overview of the whole topic, from history to today’s work to tomorrow’s atomically-precise manufacturing. An ambitious goal, but he has prudently asked for your help.

I already gave him some feedback and, amazingly, the poster has now been re-designed to reflect my comments. But it still needs work, so I encourage you, if you have time, to join in this open-source-style nanoposter effort. You can post your comments here or email him at

6 Responses to “Help with collaborative nanoposter development”

  1. Lingchao Says:

    Wow! I am so impressed by your enthusiasm on nanotechnology even when it’s facing up to the -current- puzzling situation.I wonder what keeps you being so. I am a Ph.d student and my research field is nano-electronics.I was extremely positive and energetic the first year(2003) I got involved in this field and was anxious to know EVERYTHING about nanoscience and nanotechnology.And I tried my best to read and learn anything I could get including almost all the papers on Science and Nature magzines, and books of Kurzweil and Drexler and a lot of others.But I do not know why,the more I know about nanotechnology, the more disappointed I get…I’ve seen SO MANY problems in this field which will be huge obstacles in the way of developling nanotech but A LOT OF researchers just intentionally or unintentionally ignored.I’ve got a feeling that it is going astray and feel worried about that,and I can NOT do anything to prevent that,which makes me very depressed…

    Thanks for providing such a platform that a unknown student like me can express my concerns on the big topic.

    Please keep being enthusiastic! I love that.Seeing other people being positive can still somehow inspire me, nomatter how disappointed I’ve got at this field.

  2. Brock Hinzmann Says:

    Great poster. When do you think you’ll have them ready to sell? One item you seem to have modestly forgotten (such a detailed poster is difficult to read on my desktop screen) is Foresight’s First General Conference on Nanotechnology, November 1992. It brought together an amazing array of people, from Marvin Minsky to Stewart Brand to John Doerr. It also led immediately into the formation of The Assembler Multitude, a group inspired by the MIT Nanotechnology Study Group and started, as I recall, by Ted Kaehler (Apple), which brought together many people from around Silicon Valley to discuss the social implications of nanotechnology, which came up with a code of ethics for nanotech research. 1992 marked a departure point for me, at least.

  3. Mark Wolfe Says:

    What, specifically, are the so many problems, and who and what work is being ignored?

  4. Alexander Grigorovich-Barsky Says:

    In response to the comments:
    Thank you for your comments I really appreciate them and will take them into consideration.

    While I think that nanotechnology has the potential to create a better world to live in across all cultures and societies, I agree that there are many obsticals to hurdle. Research must be conducted and must be thorough before any of the techonology is implemented for use or else we may suffer from effects similar to the environmental backlashes of the industrial revolution or the societal impacts that the computer and communication technologies have had. BUT this is our chance to try to get things right and force researchers to conduct their research responsibly and for industry to develop benign products. We must create institutions to regulate the development of nanotech NOW. If we wait to see the effects of what we do, it may be too late. Regulatory statutes must be in place before industry is able to produce products without retraint, or the world will suffer from greater consequences than the industrial revolution, nuclear research and CO2 emissions combined.

    As for selling the poster, I am still checking the facts and such and I am not sure of when I could sell it. I also need to find someone willing to publish it, but thank you for your information on the First General Conference on Nanotech. It certainly pre-dates other relavant conferences.

    Mark: the “so many problems” involve an array of things. For one, the basic science that we are working with is not fully understood. When working with materials at the nano-scale, things begin to exhibit properties that are much different than how the materials function on a macro-scale. In addition, the field of nanoscience lacks a standardized system of measurments. Currently, NIH is working on developing such a set of measurments. Regarding who and what work is being ignored, unlike nuclear technology, in which you need highly-monitored materials and extreemly expensive equipment to produce nuclear energy or develop a bomb, a nanotech lab can be constructed with relatively limited funds. A nanotech lab can also be set up in a basement, or a warehouse while drawing minimal attention. Someone with a significant knowledge of science and a few million dollars could set up their own rudimentary nano-lab and perform whatever experiements they desire.

    Thank you again for your interest and comments. feel free to contact me at my email address:

  5. John Mangeri Says:

    Neuron uploading should be discussed

  6. Mark Wolfe Says:

    Error in the poster in the first leg of text. It reads: Nanotechnology is a catch-all phrase regarding the manipulation particles,….
    This is missing an article. It should read: Nanotechnology is a catch-all phrase regarding the manipulation OF particles,….

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