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The Terminator comes to Oregon

Oregon senators tout $8 million in funding to further "nano enabled bio" technology.
From the wire:

"The two U.S. senators from Oregon, Democrat Ron Wyden and Republican Gordon Smith, have announced White House approval of a proposed Oregon nanotechnology center—and $8 million in funding over three years—in the President's 2007 budget.

The $8 million in federal funding will go to the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) to oversee the center, which is expected to develop nanotechnologies for enhancing the performance of microelectronics for military applications.

ONAMI is a collaborative effort among the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the state of Oregon, and the high-technology industry cluster of Oregon and southwest Washington."
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NOW, check out the new technology that ONAMI is developing:
(From their website:  http://www.onami.us/mr_reov.html )
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"Nano and Micro enabling Bio:
For many reasons, an important emerging area of nano/bio research is the interaction between functional nanoparticles and living cells. One example of this is that cell-based biosensors for homeland security and drug discovery applications could be made more robust and manufacturable by using nanoparticles to extend the range of cells (e.g. to non-chromatophoric cells) that will exhibit a broadband visible and/or electrical response to biologically active agents.

Nano and Bio enabling Micro:
Moore's law of advancing complexity in integrated electronics (doubling of devices/chip every 18 months) is progressing through the 90nm technology "node" today, but is expected to encounter a manufacturing discontinuity (from top-down subtractive processing to bottoms-up self assembly) somewhere around the 22nm node, c. 2016. Self-assembly is the basis of biological systems, so a reasonable line of inquiry is to build-up electronic systems by attaching nanoparticles to bio-molecules, e.g. DNA."
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oh, i thought you meant the governator 07.Feb.2006 21:35

nano is worse

when i read the headline, i thought you meant that california governator arnold schwarzennegger (did i spell that right?), aka 'the terminator' was coming to town. 'great', i thought, 'just what we need.' a hummer drivin', son of a nazi, blowhard from down south coming up here to do something stupid. at least we might have the opportunity to piss on the wheels of his gas-guzzler or poster the highway overpasses with insults.

then i read the article and learned it was about nanotechnology, which is much worse than arnold and hummers.

the bushies and other fascists must be positively salivating while dreaming about the glorious future when they can infiltrate any room (or cave) on the planet with invisible spy cameras and such. portland is such a perfect place to develop this shit. they won't have to worry about incompetent fbi and jttf agents anymore. why wire people's meetings when they can attend in stereo and full color video without having to do a traditional black bag job?

warrantless phone taps? these will be a distant memory (or at least an extremely archaic tool) when they have fly-sized (or invisible) aerial robots that can recharge themselves indefinitely simply by flying past an electromagnetic field, such as a tv or a wall outlet. some people claim they already have this stuff, but when you turn the brightest minds loose on this research, en masse, it will be that much easier to perfect.

think predator drone, only a LOT smaller. (by the way, predators are operated by 'drones' in langley, and elsewhere, who can systematically murder at the push of a button, destroying lives on the other side of the planet in real time, no questions answered.)

homeland security my ass. these nano things will work real nice with the internment camps that halliburton got a contract to build last week. ain't life gonna be fun???

widen and smith and others would argue that the nano development will allow dramatic new cures for disease. maybe so, but i can't get health insurance today. how many billions of people are going to be left out of this miracle work?

one last question: what will nanotechnology do to help the billions of people effected by the coming environmental holocaust?

one more thing 07.Feb.2006 21:57

nano is worse

if they can develop nano-technology to fight cancer on a cell by cell basis, don't you think they can develop a car that gets more to the gallon of gas than they did 30 years ago, or better yet runs well on something that doesn't involve fossil fuels or destroying lives (and potentially life) on the planet??

great comments, and here's an interesting link... 07.Feb.2006 22:14

expat

The first two comments are so perfect there isn't much left to add. This is scary stuff. For a highly informed take on the subject, check out Bill Joy's famous article from "Wired" magazine:  http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/8.04/joy.html. (Joy was the former chief scientist at Sun Microsystems, I believe.)

pig stye guys 07.Feb.2006 22:18

skeptical

This pork seems toxic. Granted there is some potential, but its a pitiful slice of the federal pig. This funding would be better placed randomly on the falculties hands and let them do what they god damn want with the money.

This money I'd bet is going straight to patent work for some big corporation who will charge us up the ass for it latter. Like our pharma friends are doing to the tune of billions now. Our war pig friends for that matter are doing it to us likewise.

We got to get those god damn leaders figuring on how to use a back bone

Nano is magnitudes more dangerous 08.Feb.2006 07:49

anon

than SUVs or shipwrecking or fur coats or just about anything else you can think of.

Better stop it now anyway you can.