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Proposal for Arabs to address molecular manufacturing

From The Gulf Times via Nanowerk:

The proposal for establishing an Arab Council on Nanotechnology (ACON) was presented by Al-Quds University’s Mukhles Sowwan while discussing about ‘Nanotechnology and molecular manufacturing: Towards balanced plans for responsible worldwide use.’

“The mission of ACON should be to raise awareness of the benefits and dangers of molecular nanotechnology, and assist in the creation and implementation of comprehensive balanced plans for responsible use of this technology,” he explained. Molecular manufacturing is the building of complex structures by mechanochemical processes and molecular nanotechnology is the ability to construct shapes, devices, and machines with atomic precision, and to combine them into a wide range of products inexpensively.

Referring to the benefits of molecular manufacturing, Sowwan pointed out that it can solve many of the world’s current problems, including providing solutions for water shortage, infectious diseases, and bringing down costs of electrical equipment, and power storage devices.

“However, the risks include unstable arms race on account of horrifically effective weapons, criminal and terrorist use because of small and hard to detect equipment, environmental damage or health risks from unregulated products, black market in molecular nanotechnology, and economic and social problems due to cheap products, inflated prices and change of lifestyle,” the expert said.

Interesting to see these ideas spreading around the world. Probably there is a translation error, though, in that last part; presumably one would not have the problem of cheapness and inflated prices at the same time. —Christine

5 Responses to “Proposal for Arabs to address molecular manufacturing”

  1. Says:

    This is not such good news. This confirms a fear I have had: What if the Muslims get nanorobotics technology and weaponize it? Imagine terrorists with nanotech! America and others must develop it ASAP!

  2. Says:

    Kinda sad that the entire article is about responsible use of nanotechnology and yet the immediate assumption is one of evil because it happens to be an Arab talking.

  3. Says:

    the trouble with nanotechnology is the left is talking always about its evil.until those that deal with begin to explore the idea of using time travel with temporal echos as resources beyond resources to al least alleviate poverty instead fear and control you can bet the farm that humanity will lose no matter what race or religion you are. one may not stop all violence but maybe it is time to talk about what really can be done. perhaps that silly debate about real estate in jerusalem might not matter at all. christ could do things and maybe he is trying to show the way.

  4. Says:

    I don’t think the final sentence is a typo. My guess is that the “cheap products” and “inflated prices” goes to the issues of justice and exploitation and poverty. Specifically, in a world of cheap (practically free) manufacture, there is still the danger that the manufacturer will charge consumers the same as they pay now for similar products and severely overcharge for new technologies. Thus, the corporate entities reap HUGE profits while the benefits of cheap manufacture are not passed on to the public and specifically not passed on to the poor. Thus, a world in which the benefits are held close and the risks spread among all.
    ~Daniel Seltzer, Northwestern U.

  5. Says:

    That my friend is not possible once nanotech gets going. Hackers and crackers will make sure the nanotech gets out, and reverse engineering will be done.

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