Jones, Eric Drexler, just stop worrying and learn to love the silly
submarines. Do you want the public to pay attention? Do you want to
spark some young person's imagination? Or do you want to continue
talking nano to your own closed circle of friends? A little while ago,
I decided the latter choice was not only dull, but self-defeating.
Inspire dreams, or the purveyors of nightmares will win the image war, resulting in more wasted, dark decades or ages.
So open the show with a little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants and then -- before they know what's hit them -- sneak in some real information. At the very least, they'll walk away thinking nano.
More than a hundred years ago, moviegoers were shown the comically false image at right. Despite this artistic depiction of laws of physics and proportion being so flagrantly violated, mankind managed to make it to the moon a couple of generations later.