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The basic parts, the start-up molecules,
by K. Eric Drexler

The basic parts, the start-up molecules,
can be supplied in abundance and don't have to be made
by some elaborate process.
That immediately makes things simpler.
- K. Eric Drexler

My greatest concern is that the emergence of this technology
without the appropriate public attention and international
controls could lead to an unstable arms race.
- K. Eric Drexler

In thinking about nanotechnology today,
what's most important is understanding where it leads,
what nanotechnology will look like after we reach the assembler breakthrough.
- K. Eric Drexler

Any powerful technology can be abused.
- K. Eric Drexler

 

On the molecular scale, you find it's reasonable to
have a machine that does a million steps per second,
a mechanical system that works at computer speeds.
- K. Eric Drexler

Likewise nanotechnology will, once it gets under way,
depend on the tools we have then and our ability to use them,
and not on the steps that got us there.
- K. Eric Drexler

The really big difference is that what you make with
a molecular machine can be completely precise,
down to the tiniest degree of detail that can exist in the world.
- K. Eric Drexler

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But while doing that I'd been following a variety of
fields in science and technology,
including the work in molecular biology,
genetic engineering, and so forth.
- K. Eric Drexler

I had been impressed by the fact that biological systems
were based on molecular machines and that we were learning
to design and build these sorts of things.
- K. Eric Drexler

It's a lot easier to see, at least in some cases,
what the long-term limits of the possible will be,
because they depend on natural law.
But it's much harder to see just what path we will
follow in heading toward those limits.
- K. Eric Drexler

And that because the moving parts are a million times
smaller than the ones we're familiar with,
they move a million times faster, just as a smaller
tuning fork produces a higher pitch than a large one.
- K. Eric Drexler

An international race in the relevant technologies
is getting under way at this point,
not necessarily with an understanding of where that
race leads in the long run,
but strongly motivated by the short-term payoffs.
- K. Eric Drexler

If you take all the factories in the world today,
they could make all the parts necessary to build more
factories like themselves.
So, in a sense, we have a self-replicating industrial system today,
but it would take a tremendous effort to copy what we already have.
- K. Eric Drexler

But if we can manage it so people don't have things
forced on them that they don't want,
I think there's every reason to believe things can
settle out in a situation that is recognizably better
than the one we're stuck in today.
- K. Eric Drexler

After realizing that we would eventually be able to
build molecular machines that could arrange atoms to
form virtually any pattern that we wanted,
I saw that an awful lot of consequences followed from that.
- K. Eric Drexler

I've encountered a lot of people who sound like critics
but very few who have substantive criticisms.
There is a lot of skepticism, but it seems to be more
a matter of inertia than it is of people having some
real reason for thinking something else.
- K. Eric Drexler

The other advantage is that in conventional manufacturing processes,
it takes a long time for a factory to produce an amount
of product equal to its own weight.
With molecular machines, the time required would be
something more like a minute.
- K. Eric Drexler

Protein engineering is a technology of molecular machines -
of molecular machines that are part of replicators -
and so it comes from an area that already raises some
of the issues that nanotechnology will raise.
- K. Eric Drexler

Today we have big, crude instruments guided by intelligent surgeons,
and we have little, stupid molecules of drugs that
get dumped into the body,
diffuse around and interfere with things as best they can.
At present, medicine is unable to heal anything.
- K. Eric Drexler

My work at MIT had focused on what we could build in
space once we had inexpensive space transportation
and industrial facilities in orbit.
And this led to various sorts of work in space development.
- K. Eric Drexler

You can find academic and industrial groups doing some relevant work,
but there isn't a focus on building complex molecular systems.
In that respect, Japan is first, Europe is second,
and we're third.
- K. Eric Drexler

Appreciate again and again, freshly and naively,
the basic goods of life, with awe,
pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy,
however stale these experiences may have become to others.
- Abraham Maslow

If in our daily life we can smile,
if we can be peaceful and happy,
not only we, but everyone will profit from it.
This is the most basic kind of peace work.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet.
We all breathe the same air.
We all cherish our children's future.
And we are all mortal.
- John F. Kennedy

The moment you become miserly you are closed
to the basic phenomenon of life: expansion, sharing.
The moment you start clinging to things,
you have missed the target.
Because things are not the target,
you, your innermost being, is the target -
not a beautiful house, but a beautiful you;
not much money, but a rich you;
not many things, but an open being,
available to millions of things.
- Osho

Misery nourishes your ego -
that's why you see so many miserable people in the world.
The basic, central point is the ego.
- Osho

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy,
but that it is a bore.
It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.
- H. L. Mencken

The extension of women's rights is the basic principle of all social progress.
- Charles Fourier

Terrorism takes us back to ages we thought were long
gone if we allow it a free hand to corrupt democratic
societies and destroy the basic rules of international life.
- Jacques Chirac

Access to computers and the Internet has become a basic
need for education in our society.
- Kent Conrad

A safe and nutritionally adequate diet is a basic individual
right and an essential condition for sustainable development,
especially in developing countries.
- Gro Harlem Brundtland

The Good Friday Agreement and the basic rights and
entitlements of citizens that are enshrined within
it must be defended and actively promoted by London and Dublin.
- Gerry Adams

Access to basic quality health care is one of the most
important domestic issues facing our nation.
- Ed Pastor

It's important to every American that the law protect
his or her basic liberty.
- Stephen Breyer

I think that the basic philosophy was very good.
It was just be nice to each other, and don't step on
other people's toes and infringe on their freedom.
- Kevin Ayers

I'm still excited at being at a microphone and talking to listeners.
I love that.
It's the most basic element of what I do and I still enjoy it very much.
- Bob Edwards

Right now, America's middle class is struggling to meet their basic needs.
- Ruben Hinojosa

The basic notion was the idea that the loudspeaker
should have a voice which was unique and not just an
instrument of reproduction,
but an instrument unto itself.
- David Tudor

Beliefs have evolved based on survival value.
Certain belief systems have been more conducive than others
to people living long enough to reproduce,
and having a high rate of reproduction.
It's that basic.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The basic law of capitalism is you or I,
not both you and I. - Karl Liebknecht

In a very basic way, a prominent landmark such as Mt.
Holyoke tells you where you are.
They let you know that you're not the first person in a place.
- Tracy Kidder

It seems not to have been written.
It is the quintessence of life.
It is the basic truth.
- Brooks Atkinson

The basic quality that any great story must have is
a story that illustrates the human condition.
- William Shatner

It all comes back to the basic.
Serve customers the best-tasting food at a good value in a clean,
comfortable restaurant, and they'll keep coming back.
- Dave Thomas

It is soooooo necessary to get the basic skills,
because by the time you graduate, undergraduate or graduate,
that field would have totally changed from your first day of school.
- Leigh Steinberg

Throughout the ages, stories with certain basic themes
have recurred over and over,
in widely disparate cultures; emerging like the goddess
Venus from the sea of our unconscious.
- Joan D. Vinge

Perhaps of all the most basic elements of music,
rhythm most directly affects our central nervous system.
- George Crumb

The very idea of marriage is basic to recognition as equals in our society;
any status short of that is inferior,
unjust, and unconstitutional.
- Ted Olson

The basic dream of many Colombians is to have a secure nation,
without exclusions, with equity, and without hatred.
- Alvaro Uribe Velez

People first concern themselves with meeting their basic needs;
only afterwards,
do they pursue any higher needs.
- Abdolkarim Soroush

The basic line in any good verse is cadenced...
building it around the natural breath structures of speech.
- Kenneth Rexroth

It would be nice to feel that we are a better world,
a world of more compassion and a world of more humanity,
and to believe in the basic goodness of man.
- Barbara Walters

Faith is more basic than language or theology.
- Sydney Carter

The bottom line always remains the same:
What is the basic humanity of the character? How do
I make them resonate with the reader?
- Len Wein

A business of high principle attracts high-caliber people more easily,
thereby gaining a basic competitive and profit edge.
- Marvin Bower

And as we continue to improve our understanding of
the basic science on which applications increasingly depend,
material benefits of this and other kinds are secured for the future.
- Henry Taube

A basic tenet of a healthy democracy is open dialogue and transparency.
- Peter Fenn

If you have a craftsman's command of the language and
basic writing techniques you'll be able to write -
as long as you know what you want to say.
- Jeffery Deaver

Thirteen thousand dollars a year is not enough to raise a family.
That's not enough to pay your bills and save for their future.
That's barely enough to provide for even the most basic needs.
- Thomas Carper

One in seven Americans, including more than 8 million children,
does not have even basic healthcare coverage.
- Dave Reichert

I do think actually in this case the government does
get credit for funding some of the basic research.
- Steve Case

Full participation in government and society has been
a basic right of the country symbolizing the full citizenship
and equal protection of all.
- Charles Rangel

Surveys have shown going back as far as you and I can
remember that people have perceived a leftward tilt
in the basic coverage that they get on TV news.
- Brit Hume

That idea of URL was the basic clue to the universality of the Web.
That was the only thing I insisted upon.
- Tim Berners-Lee

There's a basic rule which runs through all kinds of music,
kind of an unwritten rule.
I don't know what it is.
But I've got it.
- Ron Wood

This oxidation of hydrogen in stages seems to be one
of the basic principles of biological oxidation.
- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Our challenge for the future is that we realize we
are very much a part of the earth's ecosystem,
and we must learn to respect and live according to
the basic biological laws of nature.
- Jim Fowler

For most women, including women who want to have children,
contraception is not an option; it is a basic health care necessity.
- Louise Slaughter

You cannot achieve environmental security and human
development without addressing the basic issues of health and nutrition.
- Gro Harlem Brundtland

Nevertheless, the basic forms, spaces,
and appearances must be logical.
- Kenzo Tange

It was more fun trying to figure out I Want To Hold
Your Hand than to take lessons.
By this time I knew basic chords.
- Tommy Shaw


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