Saturday, May 08, 2004

Whose nano matters?

You think the Sasser kid was trouble? Ha! Child's play! Even the hackers don't trust themselves with nanotechnology, as this thread indicates.

    NanoTechnology and Genetic Manipulation MUST be banned completely. Why? Because WE are HACKERS. WE understand. As soon as those technologys get even CLOSE to being available for home use, for home access, for home hacking, the world will END. Simple as that.

    WE know that laws wont help. Controls and regulations and licensing wont stop it. That wont stop us. We will hack. That wont stop "them", they will crack. And everything that is "computer" now will enter the real world. Viruses, Worms, Trojans, and yes even Trolls. The world, as we know it, will be forced to reboot. More here

Hmmm. Turn off the computer and go outside.

In all seriousness, though, the idea of manipulating atoms as easily as pixels and bits is a software engineer's dream come true. To them, the world of nanotechnology is an extension of their own digital worlds, a way to make matter into something programmable. More on that here and here.

This makes the chemists in charge of public nanotech funding scratch their heads. Their world is wet, sticky and biological. The engineers' world is dry, programmable and, in the United States at least, largely not publicly funded.