X-Message-Number: 13105
From: "john grigg" <>
Subject: will the public have direct access to nanotech?
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 01:05:17 PST

Robert Ettinger wrote:
If every individual owns a thinking machine linked to a nanofactory (and 
perhaps to his own brain), then, with minor qualifications, you will 
probably be autonomous for most purposes.
(end of reproduction)

To have this be a reality is a dream of mine.  But I wonder if the 
government would allow the public direct access to nano assemblers?  In the 
cause of preventing terrorism as well as accidents I could see the 
governments of the world only allowing direct access to nano to government 
and corporate entities.  The ulterior motive would be to maintain their 
strong control over society.

Or would capitalism and corporate greed be the reason for a nanoassembler in 
every home?  And even if so, would these be close to the "anything  boxes" 
we hope for?  I would like to think that in the world we are brought back 
into there will be home models that can build houses and vehicles.

Any thoughts?


John Grigg
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