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Dangerous New Technology

Howard Lovy says those damned technologists are scaring the children again. This latest schtick of his reminds me of an old Bob Newhart routine.

Posted by Rand Simberg at December 06, 2003 09:02 AM
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Howard Lovy and "The Children"
Excerpt: This is even better than my polar bear analogy: A few cycles of the sun ago, I gave a talk in front of the clan's children titled, "Be a Scientist, Save the Flat World." Leading up to my visit, the...
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Howard Lovy and "The Children"
Excerpt: This is even better than my polar bear analogy: A few cycles of the sun ago, I gave a talk in front of the clan's children titled, "Be a Scientist, Save the Flat World." Leading up to my visit, the...
Weblog: The Speculist
Tracked: December 7, 2003 06:36 AM
Howard Lovy and "The Children"
Excerpt: This is even better than my polar bear analogy: A few cycles of the sun ago, I gave a talk in front of the clan's children titled, "Be a Scientist, Save the Flat World." Leading up to my visit, the...
Weblog: The Speculist
Tracked: December 7, 2003 06:37 AM
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Despite Smalley's idiotic comment about scaring the children, I think he has valid points about the difficulty of building a universal molecular assembler. Some people seem fanatical about molecular nanotech to the point where they automatically reject it's critics as being anti-visionary. Sure, maybe Smalley will go down in history in the same way the naysayers of the airplane did, but then again, maybe he'll be vindicated in the same way the critics of perpetual motion machines are.

Posted by at December 6, 2003 10:51 PM

There's always plenty of room in History's "Gallery of Fools Who Said It Couldn't Be Done" and we'll be sure to save a plaque for Smalley.

The fact that Smalley's ALIVE should be enough to convince him that nanoscale manufacturing is possible, but no, he chooses to cite ridiculous examples like enzymes not functioning out of wet environments when that was proven wrong about 2 decades ago. He's just a pathetic dinosaur, trundle him off to the old folk's home.

Posted by Janessa Ravenwood at December 8, 2003 12:43 PM


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