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Kurzweil to congress on nanobots

7/21/04 Biz Wire (snip) "Technology Review, MIT's Magazine of Innovation, today announced the latest additions to the speaker roster for its 2004 Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT ( http://www.tretc.com). The event, scheduled for September 29-30, 2004 at Kresge Auditorium on MIT's campus in Cambridge, MA, will feature confirmed keynote speakers Vinod Khosla, founding CEO of Sun Microsystems and General Partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers; Ray Kurzweil, renowned inventor, author and founder of Kurzweil Technologies; and Rick Wagoner, chairman of General Motors."
Selections from Ray Kurzweil's testimony before the US House Committee on Science hearing on "The Societal Implications of Nanotechnology." April 9 2003. Frightening.

Text of full hearing at:  http://commdocs.house.gov/committees/science/hsy86340.000/hsy86340_0f.htm

This from pg 58

"A Small Sample of Examples of True Nanotechnology"

Ubiquitous nanotechnology is two to three decades away. A prime example of its application will be to deploy billions of 'nanobots': small robots the size of human blood cells that can travel inside the human bloodstream. This notion is not as futuristic as it may sound in that there have already been successful animal experiments using this concept. Consider several examples of nanobot technology, which, based on miniaturization and cost reduction trends, will be feasible within 30 years. In addition to scanning the human brain to facilitate human brain reverse engineering, these nanobots will be able to perform a wide variety of diagnostic and therapeutic functions inside the bloodstream and human body. Robert Freitas, for example, has designed robotic replacements for human blood cells that perform hundreds or thousands of times more effectively than their biological counterparts. With Freitas' 'respirocytes," (robotic red blood cells), you could do an Olympic sprint for 15 minutes without taking a breath... Clearly, nanobot technology has profound military applications, and any expectation that such uses will be 'relinquished' are highly unrealistic.

In addition, nanobots will also be able to expand our experiences and our capabilities. Nanobot technology will provide fully immersive, totally convincing virtual reality in the following way. The nanobots take up positions in close physical proximity to every interneuronal connection coming from all of our senses (e.g., eyes, ears, skin)... When we want to experience real reality, the nanobots just stay in position (in the capillaries) and do nothing. If we want to enter virtual reality, they suppress all of the inputs coming from the real senses, and replace them with the signals that would be appropriate for the virtual environment. You (i.e., your brain) could decide to cause your muscles and limbs to move as you normally would, but the nanobots again intercept these interneuronal signals, suppress your real limbs from moving, and instead cause your virtual limbs to move and provide the appropriate movement and reorientation in the virtual environment.

The Web will provide a panoply of virtual environments to explore... We will be able to 'go' to these virtual environments by ourselves, or we will meet other people there, both real people and simulated people. Of course, ultimately there won't be a clear distinction between the two.

... We won't need to wait until 2030 to experience shared virtual-reality environments, at least for the visual and auditory senses. Full-immersion visual -auditory environments will be available by the end of this decade, with images written directly onto our retinas by our eyeglasses and contact lenses. All of the electronics for the computation, image reconstruction and very high bandwidth wireless connection to the Internet will be embedded in our glasses and woven into our clothing, so computers as distinct objects will disappear.
Nanowhat? 02.Aug.2004 16:57

Ludd ludd91101@yahoo.com

I'm not sure whether I think this is really cool or really creepy. Ok it's really creepy. This is mostly because I think, as we know, as soon as some great amazing technology comes along, as the article states, it's used by the military to kill people. Though I suppose the whole concept of death might change altogether. I might recommend the work of the science fiction writer Richard K. Morgan. While he only briefly touches on nanotech, his stories explore the future of death and consciousness. And that's my two cents.

cross reference 03.Aug.2004 00:32


Bodyhacking, Bodyspamming, and Bodyjacking 03.Aug.2004 05:27

The Down Side

Can intercellular nanobots be "hacked"? What's to prevent someone from switching on your VR so you now have a POV you didn't have before? Or you see commercials "pop-ups" in front of your eyes?

And how safe is the nanobot operating system from interference from an outside party; be it some curious george system swimmer, or a government corrections facility screw?

Drexler's Dream: the biomedical use of nanotechnology 03.Aug.2004 05:44

The Upside

In "The Engines of Creation" by K Eric Drexler, one of the most beneficial applications of the medical use of nanobots was the repair of brain damage from strokes.

Of course this opens a whole new venue for bioethics: depending on the sites in the brain that were damaged and "repaired", is the patient the same person as they were before? Say a stroke took out some memories, could they be replaced by artifically constructed ones based on the collective memories of the patient's familiy?

Just a little bit of History Repeating 03.Mar.2005 13:26

S P. sanviernes@hotmail.com

Big Bang gives birth to What we call our Universe} galaxies} stars} planets} planets give birth to life} LIFE evolves phisically, emotionally and finally BECOMES INTELLIGENT} inteligence gives birth to the ability to be aware/conssiouss} but at the same time technology is being born from it too. Technology is part of evolution just as fur was long time ago for the first mamals!!!

So all of a sudden we become creative beings.(Im not using the term co-creators, because I belive that to co-create means to creat with the Universe. The main difference with simple creation, is that co/creation comes from the Creator inside ourselves and at the same time is not separated. Create with, as ONE. Simple creation may well be arriving from the ego. or simple inteligence.. that is inteligence without the awareness)
And rapidly become increasingly efficiant.The time from gatherers and hunters to industrial and modern times is nothing, seconds in the cosmic calendar.

All of a sudden we are no longer dependant of Mother Nature. Time passes and evolution can now be in owr own hands!!! technology is another step in evolution. So yes there are a few internal incomodities when we first hear aboute nanobots. The first reaction is to reject or resist the idea, but who can resist creation exept the Creator itself? It seems to mee it is giving us fee land to continew with our research. but who knows! perhaps it is allowing it so that we can screw up once and for all and finally learn to listen inside, and stop looking for answers elswhere. At the same time, I do belive in a Technologically aware society. I belive it can be a fantastic human adventure!!!

Most of technology was born out of the necesity to controll the enviroment. From the bow and arrow, to a atomic bomb. Nanobots most likely will be used for the same matter, Its a pitty! As long as we consider ourselves separate from Life, The God Universe itself.. all our inventions will be used for the sake of the ego. insane use. think aboute it!

If peace and awarness are not rooted in you yet, it wont be after the latest of technology be developed.Sooner or latter you will come knoking in your internal dor for answers and sense. Nanobots are nothin, none! not amaze me. But, have fun!!! Ill enjoy learning more and more aboute them, and actually seeng them in action 30 years from now.

Santiago Palacios.
commentaries are allways welcom for me too!!!

Pleas feel free to correct any gramar or spelling, english is my secnd. language.
or make it shorter.