Tech Central Station is running a piece I wrote about how proponents of molecular manufacturing, their image battered by nanocommerce usurpers, are fighting back with images of their own. Here's an excerpt:
- John Burch, who runs Lizard Fire Studios in Austin, Texas, says he fully expects his animation to be ridiculed by those who believe that he's merely producing a fanciful cartoon. That's OK, he says. Throw potshots at it. But while the argument rages over what is not possible, somebody had to "put this stake in the ground" and make the first move toward creating "a clear image of what we think is possible."
Burch, 57, also reflects the ultimate appeal of this and other technologies that promise to lengthen human life, with aging baby boomers screaming for an end to this horrible thing called aging. Self-indulgent in almost every other phase of life, the boomers cannot be expected to go gently into that good night.
"I want to make this thing happen," Burch says. "Everybody I know has medical problems that could be fixed or improved through technology based on this machine. There's too much pain in this world to just sit here and watch it."
Where would he like to see it shown? "I think most anyplace where it's not ridiculed will be a good place." More here