Karl Gallagher (selenite) wrote,
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Nanofactory Critique

Chris Phoenix of the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology wrote a detailed description of a nanofactory using an array of molecular assemblers to produce macro-scale products.

I think the basic design can be made to work, but it's going to need a lot of support infrastructure, and it still won't be able to do the high-speed duplication and bootstrapping the paper describes. Phoenix refers to this capability to justify his opinion that a nanotechnology breakthrough could rapidly transform the world. I dispute that.

An informal write-up of my take on the design paper is on our website (with supporting calculations here). This post is open to comments on my paper or the original nanofactory paper. Non-LJ users, please use the anonymous commenting feature and sign your name or handle.

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