1st July 2007 - 11:33 AM
To me, this is one of the biggest issues as far as future tech goes to be grasped now and not in devastated hindsight.
I spoke with a guy working with a company dealing with carbon nanotube technology and one person he met who worked there would come up to him and a few guests and drop a bucket of carbon nano tubes to the floor and watch in amazement as a cloud hovered and told the stunned bystanders "look at how it just hangs there!"
I thought we were beyond the age of human guinea pigs and canaries in the coal mines but apparently not much has changed in some work environments.
- JZ - http://mobile-democracy.net
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2nd July 2007 - 01:59 AM
Nanotubes and buckyballs are nothing special. Soot from a fire contains both of these.
Of course that doesn't mean that it's good for you. Black lung maybe?
2nd July 2007 - 02:56 AM
At least, nanotubes aren't immediately deadly, or we would already know it.
Considering that we know a negligible proportion of our environment, I feel rather normal that we don't distrust everything unknown, but rather wait to have observed bad effects before taking measures.
It would already be good if we took measures when bad effects are already observed. Think of asbestos: It was a known carcinogen for 20 years (as could be read in popular science magazines) when law began to evolve; 20 years more after the new laws, buildings still contain asbestos.
1st October 2007 - 02:25 AM
Found this highly related site:http://www.responsiblenanocode.org/
Large free video library too, not nano but of value:http://in-formation.us
15th October 2007 - 11:02 AM
15th October 2007 - 02:37 PM
we already new viruses did damage and they were 40 nm in size or so, sometimes smaller or larger. With nanoparticles even smaller, they would be even more mobile and pervasive and harder to filter. It is not hard to imagine that could be a threat, but at the same time, perhaps there is already a natural presence of such nanoparticles (remember the virus example) and we need to study the threat some more.
15th November 2007 - 03:31 PM
I agree. Control of power is essential.
but I am afraid that before the control of power of nanology, the people is under control.
I am afraid that the development of nanology could be obstructed by the policies.
So, in my mind. There is only one way to success. Let it go! Don't border about the limitations! We will die certainly, no matter how. Right? But the development of nanology may give you a chance to live longer. Certainly, it may also bring you closer to the end of the world. so do you bet on it?