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Section 4 / Pages 94
One Small step for technology - one giant leap for mankind.
Virtual reality is the first step towards a nanotechnology future and the utilisation of VR to create nano structures is, at least in my thinking, a very logical progression. VR will allow people to see their designs before they are actually built. Then when the design is ready it could be passed over to a computer controlled A.I. or construction system, which could then in turn instruct nano assembling robots, to go and build those VR creations. Think of nanotech as a form of advanced lego, with each atomic building block capable of being manipulated and then fitted to many other building blocks, so as to build up larger structures. Except in this case, each block is about 0.1441 millionth of a millimetre in size, now that's small, how small, check this:-
IBM MAN -NANO ART AT IT'S BEST
Each blob or block is a collection of atoms, stuck together so as to make one of the smallest stickmen images in the world, created by IBM.
A human hair is 60 microns wide, stick man above, is, well let's just say, a hell of a lot smaller.
He is in fact so small, that no optical microscope on Earth, could even see him.
Nanotech combined with VR should allow some incredible things to happen, imagine this: -
You are sitting at home sometime in the future and you pull up a design for a Ferrari, then using your virtual interface, you decide to paint go faster stripes down the side, you then tell your computer to build it. It passes that design over to an A.I. system that then tells a bunch of nano assemblers how to build it. You wake up the next morning to find the Ferrari of your dreams having been built to your exacting and atomically perfect specifications, it's the Zazzle of the future?
Why stop there, you could call up a friend to show off your new design and if they said they liked it, then they could have an exact copy made. You could just transmit the VR design, over the Internet; it wouldnít even matter, if they lived on the other side of the world, so the next morning your friend wakes up, to their own dream Ferrari. Then you find that Jordan Pollack pinches this Idea and puts a modified version of it, into one of his articles, except he obviously likes Ford's. He sent me a preview copy of the article (http://www.jordanpollack.com/sevenlaws.pdf), its funny because I'm sure a lot of what I see in his article, in some small way came from him reading this eBook. Read this book fully, then read the article, their are so many similarities, it's just uncanny, but as he said to me, it's probably just a case of great minds think alike. (I had to pick my jaw of the floor, several times after receiving that email, I was totally amazed, my site and eBook are mentioned on page 4 of the above linked PDF).
Anyway back to the VR / Nano car:-
Then you realise that your new dream car has no fuel, so what do you do, well you could just go down to any old local rubbish dump and grab yourself some. Most of the stuff that people now throw away could be used as raw material by nano assemblers (see nanosystems). These assemblers could just break down the material into just about anything you could ever want including fuel. Old public dumpsites could become one of the richest sources of raw materials for universal nano assemblers. There would be enough and varied atoms to create just about anything needed, this would solve two problems at once, the need for raw materials and the cleaning up of the environment.
(Once you see the nanomanufacturing slide, then that's it, press stop and carry on reading).
Another strange idea for most people, but I believe to be a distinct possibility, is the copying of people (not cloning, but copying), imagine being able to scan a person right down to the last atom and then holding that information inside a computer system just like a blue print. Then using nanotechnology, that person could be reconstructed inline with the blue print, so producing an exact atomically perfect copy of the person. Now I donít wish to get into a moral or technical debate but it is an intriguing possibility. People have pointed out the enormous size of the computer required to hold that amount of data, but this is a misnomer, because nanotechnology would give us the ability to take up no more room than the actual body being copied and if compression technology was used, then it would allow that information to be crunched down even further. Imagine a blueprint of you stored, ready for your resurrection at some future date?
If through the use of some future scanning technology you could make an exact copy of the human brain, I mean atomically perfect right down to the last atom, and you had the ability to make that copy in some way active, then there is no reason to think, that type of system could not think in the same way the original brain did. Especially if it was built out of the same material, the original brain was made from, if you see the nano-point.
This may seem like a fanciful look at future technologies, but there are already projects underway using current technologies to back engineer the human brain. MRI and MEG scanners can even read the quantum spin of particles so it may not be as fanciful as you may think. Developments in the field of nanoelectromechanical (NEMS) devices, nanobiotechnologies and neuroimaging, are leading the way into making this a more practical reality. Also see, the Biomedical Informatics Research Network project. The human brain itself, can be seen as the engineering blueprint, when it comes to designing artificial intelligence, so their should be no doubt in anyone's mind that intelligent systems can be built, because in essence, we are all living proof of it and of course, memory dumping is well under way? (See work by professor PrJoe Z. Tsien).
What you have just read is an extreme example, to show just how powerful nanotechnology could become, this is what amazes me on a personal level. The implications of nanotechnology are just so big, and yet it seems that most of mainstream science is deliberately ignoring the issue, as if itís still some type of vague possibility that may never happen or if it does, then itís too far off to worry about.
Richard Feynman one of the greatest physicists of our time and one of, if not the first, to suggest nanotechnology in one form or another, maybe to blame, because he was also one of the first to suggest, that it may also be, just a box car cult which may never happen. But I bet if he was alive today, then even he wouldnít be able to dismiss the developments in the field of nanotechnology. The Foresight Institute is one of the few institutions in the world that is openly tackling all aspects of nanotechnology and is trying to wake people up to the coming problems and benefits this technology may bring. Also see Nano2life and the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology - CRN, who's leader basically said, it's time to move on beyond the debate of whether molecular nanotechnology is achievable and start getting down to, just how it will affect the real world?
If you can see the same problems arising and in the same way I can, then you canít help but see, that as we approach this level of technological sophistication then we will end up with massive unemployment. I see people who are being trained in the field of I.T. and all of the people now being employed because they understand Windows and Microsoft networks etc. I canít help thinking, that with the next generation of smart software interfaces then computers will become so easy to use, that most jobs in the I.T. sector will start to go. Computer interfaces will become increasingly intelligent and worryingly autonomous, when this happens most employers will find themselves not needing a lot of the staff they currently consider useful. This could lead to an unemployment domino effect.
I see all sorts of research into genetics, GM foods, cloning etc and the general publics reaction to it, but compared to genetics and cloning etc, nanotechnology holds the possibility of immortality and the ability to do just about anything in a society that would no longer have any need for money. Compared to nanotechnology, genetics looks like a walk in the park, as they say.
I think most people don't really want to deal with all of the consequences nanotechnology could bring with it. Most people seem dismissive of it, probably through lack of understanding or due to the subject being so vast, that it's hard for them to contemplate. The publicís reaction and the timescales involved may also be another reason why a lot of the public are not as well informed as I at least, think they should be.
I know a lot of companies are spending up to half of their RND budget on nanotechnology, but mainstream science seems to have a blind spot when it comes to this type of technology. Most science projects, at least in my eyes will become null and void when nanotechnology arrives. Most of the people in the medical profession could find themselves out of a job when computers have the ability to scan a person from head to toe and then pass that information over to an A.I. doctor, that then knocks out a nano pill specifically designed to fix whatever problem the patient may have. (Beats the idea, of going to see most GP's if you ask me?).
The point is, if you get things right at the atomic level then all of the other levels should take care of themselves. So having a universal nano assembler linked to an A.I. controlled scanner that then picks out any problems you may have, then whatís the point in trying to treat the problem at a higher level, just a rather obvious conclusion if you ask me. This would also mean that most of the medical profession along with most drug companies could find themselves out of business, especially if we can all grow back broken organs or limbs?
Money in a nanotech future serves no interest, except to the people who wish to use it as a form of control.
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