[LINK] Of nomads and nanotech [Was: 'New mobile phones will
double as credit cards']
kim.holburn at gmail.com
Sun Apr 29 14:50:41 EST 2007
On 2007/Apr/29, at 12:16 AM, David Boxall wrote:
> Kim Holburn wrote:
>> On 2007/Apr/28, at 10:16 AM, Howard Lowndes wrote:
>>> Ivan Trundle wrote:
>>> I notice that my local Telstra Shop (Albury) has an in-store
>>> clear dump bin for discarded mobile phones.
>> Actually I believe it's the law now that companies selling phones
>> have to take them and the batteries back for "recycling" or
>> "proper disposal" or whatever.
> An interesting sidelight (pun intended) <http://www.abc.net.au/
> "People also wanted the units to be able to charge up their mobile
> The focus of molecular nanotechnology is the manufacture of goods
> from the molecular level. To me, the more interesting promise is
> the opposite: destruction to that level. If we could dismantle
> stuff down to individual atoms, it would be much easier to recycle
> the raw materials. It would be the end of trash.
Toner (The Diamond Age - Neal Stephenson)
> "See, there's mites around all the time. They use sparkles to talk
> to each other," Harv explained. "They're in the food and water,
> everywhere. And there's rules that these mites are supposed to
> follow. They're supposed to break down into safe pieces... But
> there are people who break those rules [so the] Protocol
> Enforcement guys make a mite to go out and find that mite and kill
> it. This dust - we call it toner - is actually the dead bodies of
> all those mites.
> From The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson.
> Published by Bantam Books in 1995
> If you've read Neal Stephenson's brilliant novel The Diamond Age,
> you will certainly remember his description of "toner wars" --
> clouds of carbon-based nanoparticles fighting it out as tools of
> economic or political dominance. Breathing in the microscopic
> machines wasn't good for you, but that was related to the various
> nasty things that the overly-aggressive nanoassemblers might do
> once in your system. In reality, the danger from such a threat
> would may have more to do simply with how small they are.
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