Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Quote of the day

"Progress toward MNT means progress in building productive molecular machine systems - advancing through a series of steps in which each generation of tools can build tools of the next generation. How can this process start? It already has. Laboratory researchers today can design and make atomically precise nanoscale components from polymeric materials. Some of these materials are as strong and stiff as polycarbonate and epoxy resins. Like epoxy, these polymers can be used to bind together particles and fibers of other materials - stronger, stiffer, more diverse materials - to form composite structures. If the parts are atomically precise and designed properly, they can self-assemble in solution to form large, complex structures, including machines."

~K. Eric Drexler: a researcher, author, and policy advocate focused on emerging technologies and their consequences for the future. He pioneered studies of productive nanosystems and their products (the still-theoretical field originally termed "nanotechnology").

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