Nanotech searches for cooperative limits

By Kevin Jones, published at 10 May 2007 - 8:12pm, last updated 12 years 27 weeks ago.

An interesting and unusually long piece on Ray Kurzweill's AI news hub looks into the problem of the great power that will come to the owners of the techniques of nanotech manufacturing. It says that the current legal system is not built to handle the situation and wonders what will provide limits on the use of the technology. Here is how the new center for responsible nanotechnology frames the question: "Molecular manufacturing will give its wielders extreme power and has the potential to remove or bypass many of today's limits, including laws. That could lead to a planet-wide dictatorship, or to any of several forms of irreversible destruction. Perhaps the biggest problem of all will be how to develop a system of near-absolute power that will not become corrupt." Clearly a group in search of a new technology of cooperation. The need for limits