Nanotechnology

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Nanotechnology

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Sixth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology November 12-15 Santa Clara, CA www.foresight.org/Conferences

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Today’s manufacturing methods move atoms in great thundering statistical herds

The principles of physics, as far as I can see, do not speak against the possibility of maneuvering things atom by atom. It is not an attempt to violate any laws; it is something, in principle, that can be done; but in practice, it has not been done because we are too big. Richard Feynman, 1959

Most interesting structures that are at least substantial local minima on a potential energy surface can probably be made one way or another. Richard Smalley Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1996

Nanotechnology (a.k.a. molecular manufacturing)

Terminological caution

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We’ll start a major project to develop nanotechnology when we answer “yes” to three questions:

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Two more fundamental ideas

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Illustration of an assembler

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A C program that prints out an exact copy of itself

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How cheap?

How strong?

How long?

Developmental pathways

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Self assembled DNA octahedron (Seeman)

DNA on an SPM tip (Lee et al.)

Buckytubes (Tough, well defined)

Bucky tube glued to SPM tip (Dai et al.)

Building the tools to build the tools

Diamond Physical Properties

A hydrocarbon bearing

A planetary gear

A proposal for a molecular positional device

Molecular tools

Synthesis of diamond today: diamond CVD

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Some other molecular tools

A synthetic strategy for the synthesis of diamondoid structures

The impact of molecular manufacturing depends on what’s being manufactured

How powerful?

Space

It costs less to launch less

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A revolution in medicine

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Clinical trials to evaluate cryonics

Today’s choice: would you rather join

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Nanotechnology and energy

Nanotechnology and the environment

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Author: Ralph C. Merkle

Email: merkle@xerox.com

Home Page: www.merkle.com