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#11941 - 09/30/06 10:53 AM nanonono technology and its danger

First off Nanotech is the way of the future but it must be controlled and regulated thousands of times tighter than cloning or any of the other new fields. This stuff is really on the edge and being so dictates that it be progressed ever so slow in order to keep a handle on the unintended effects of its multitude of applications. All the brians are rushing to this field and when that happens you are sure to get failed expariments and contianment breaches, could get ugly. Any one disagree????????

#11942 - 09/30/06 05:23 PM Re: nanonono technology and its danger
DA Morgan Offline

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And precisely how do you propose to regulate it?

International agreement or national laws?
As a drug?
As an environmental issue?

While I don't necessarily disagree it seems rather obvious that this is not going to happen until something bad happens first.
DA Morgan

#11943 - 09/30/06 10:16 PM Re: nanonono technology and its danger
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Untill Nanotech reaches the true self-replicating
stage, I feel we face a far more immediate and serious threat from maveric Biotech.

#11944 - 10/10/06 06:26 PM Re: nanonono technology and its danger
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I've also thought that there probably is a danger from nanotech. But what do you think the danger is? My worry is that when these (some of which are already being used in our daily lives) new materials get old and degrade or are burned or destroyed mechanically that nanoparticle will be released into the environment. Then what: do we breath them; absorb them transdermally; will they block cellular receptors; stimulate immune responses; integrate into enzymes or even DNA?
Pyrolysis creates reduced carbon! ...Time for the next step in our evolutionary symbiosis with fire.

#11945 - 10/11/06 04:57 AM Re: nanonono technology and its danger
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The nanotech danger is that once created we likely can not contain, capture, and destroy what has been created should the need arise.

Consider DDT. There were things discovered decades later that affected our decision around it use.

And even now we are seeing that there are situations where DDT may well be a best solution.

Wisdom never comes quickly.
DA Morgan


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