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Zyvex founder Jim Von Ehr: “Rudimentary molecular manufacturing by 2020″

Sander Olson interviewed Jim Von Ehr of Zyvex for the website NextBigFuture.com by Brian Wang.  Here’s an excerpt:

We are confident that we will be able to create simple, blocklike objects within the next five years. From that point, capabilities should grow fairly rapidly. Once simple block objects are created, we can programmably assemble them to make more complex objects. Zyvex has already identified a number of market opportunities for these. Once we get the basic capability of creating these simple objects, we can expand their complexity and sophistication rapidly. From the first integrated circuit to an extremely valuable integrated circuit business ecosystem took a surprisingly short amount of time, compared to previous technological revolutions. I’d expect a Digital Matter ecosystem to also develop rapidly once the basics are in place. Although I don’t feel comfortable making specific predictions as to when molecular manufacturing will emerge, by 2020 we should have rudimentary molecular manufacturing systems in operation. Once we can create these blocks, the technology of molecular manufacturing will advance exponentially. Digital matter will eventually change everything.

Read the whole thing.  The page includes other relevant info and links as well.  —Chris Peterson

4 Responses to “Zyvex founder Jim Von Ehr: “Rudimentary molecular manufacturing by 2020″”

  1. James Gentile Says:

    $25 million, that’s all our future is worth. The ability to perfectly clean the ecosystem of all pollutants, cure all the terrible diseases in our world, reverse aging’s effects, lift billions of people out of poverty, and an endless amount of other things is worth $25 million. Imagine the gulf oil spill being cleaned up over night; it could happen if we had digital matter/nanorobots now, but I guess it’s just not worth it to people to invest a few billion dollars in this tech, which would be not even 1% of the US/EU GDP.

  2. Nanoman Says:

    This is superb news. I hope it pans out. It is so frustrating to see resources squandered on so many side issues when if we would as a society invest in true molecular manufacturing, many of these matters could be dealt with, as James Gentile and others here have pointed out! Example: Health care. If America and others built a molecular manufacturing base, we could produce nanomedical systems that would make the health care issue moot because nanomed devices could be programmed to cure all these physical diseases from the molecular root of them.

  3. tom Says:

    i’m sure the technology is going to be great , but saying it can do everything… or ever thing that wet nanotech (biology) can’t…
    is giving nanotech a bad hyped name , and prepering one self for a major let down.

  4. Nano Boy Says:

    There is a misconception that more money= faster/better results. Companies and researchers such as zyvex are the ones who go out and seek the funding the need. The $25M is really more about the demand. We are fortunate to live in a world of diversity where we can all pursue what we feel is most important. The amount of funding is proportional to the amount of present commercial and scientific interest on the side of innovators.

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