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K. Eric Drexler Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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Any powerful technology can be abused.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 have men who will exclude any of God's creatures
from the shelter of compassion and pity,
you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
- St. Francis of Assisi

You are not your mind. You, a Spiritual BEing,
are neither your mind nor your body.
Mind and body are your tools - to use as you choose.
Sometimes your body appears to have a will of its own,
as when it twitches or pains.
Likewise, your mind often appears to have its own will.
That incessant chattering of regret, disappointment, guilt,
shame, foreboding, worry, and fear
is your Rattlesnake Mind striking off on its own.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every man hath a general desire of his own happiness;
and likewise a variety of particular affections,
passions, and appetites to particular external objects.
- Joseph Butler

That liberty is a great thing we may know from our own feelings,
and we may likewise judge so from the conduct of the white-people,
in the late war.
- Jupiter Hammon

I have no desire to take all black people back to Africa;
there are blacks who are no good here and will likewise be no good there.
- Marcus Garvey

Likewise, free trade does not, as evidenced in CAFTA,
mean fair trade.
- Stephen F. Lynch

I took up violin because my best mate had taken it up,
so I did likewise.
- Noel Redding

Remember likewise there are persons who love fewer words,
an inoffensive sort of people, and who deserve some regard,
though of too still and composed tempers for you.
- Joseph Butler

Today is what life is all about.
When I desire for the future to arrive quickly,
I become unable to savor today.
I can't live in tomorrow, and when I focus
all my energies on the future, I shortchange today.
Likewise, fearing the future emasculates today,
leaving it dry and lifeless.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The one who adapts his policy to the times prospers,
and likewise that the one whose policy clashes with
the demands of the times does not.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

In Italy the artist is a god.
Now if the artist is a god, the scientist is likewise a god.
- Josef Albers

Likewise, I see no shame in writing Captain America or Wolverine.
- Mark Millar

Every man is to be considered in two capacities,
the private and public; as designed to pursue his own interest,
and likewise to contribute to the good of others.
- Joseph Butler

First, they were bred when I was not capable to observe or before I was born;
likewise the breeding of men is of a different manner from that of women.
- Margaret Cavendish

The most perfect ape cannot draw an ape;
only man can do that; but,
likewise, only man regards the ability to do this as a sign of superiority.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho,
when he fell into the hands of robbers.
They stripped him of his clothes, beat him
and went away, leaving him half dead.
A priest happened to be going down the same road,
and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.
So too, a Levite [religious leader],
when he came to the place and saw him,
passed by on the other side.
But a Samaritan [Samaritans and Jews generally disliked
and were suspicious of each other] came where the man was;
and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
He went to him and bandaged his wounds ... and ...
took him to an inn and took care of him. ...
Jesus [said] "Go and do likewise."
- Luke 10:25-37 (The Parable of the Good Samaritan)

Likewise the leader of any state has to do the same,
he has to enforce Shariah firmly, for he will be held
in account later in the afterlife if he fails.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

I know that I have lived because I have felt,
and, feeling giving me the knowledge of my existence,
I know likewise that I shall exist no more when I shall have ceased to feel.
- Giacomo Casanova

Wedding is destiny, and hanging likewise.
- John Heywood

I am worth some study, if for no one else but myself.
I hope that you feel likewise...
even if only about yourself.
- David J. Cook

And people do enjoy the plays at completely different levels.
And, likewise, they enjoy the authorship question...
at completely different levels.
- Mark Rylance

The American people likewise want to see enforcement first,
no tricks, no triggers, no amnesty, enforcing existing
laws and closing loopholes to reaffirm that our great Republic is,
in fact, a nation of laws.
- J. D. Hayworth

Likewise today, some Christians are content to merely exist until they die.
They don't want to risk anything, to believe God,
to grow or mature.
They refuse to believe his Word, and have become hardened in their unbelief.
Now they're living just to die.
- David Wilkerson

Likewise, with solar, especially here in California,
we're discovering that the 80 solar farm schemes that
are going forward want to basically bulldoze 1,000 sq. mi.
of southern California desert.
Well, as an environmentalist, we would rather that didn't happen.
- Stewart Brand

When you start with a portrait and search for a pure form,
a clear volume, through successive eliminations,
you arrive inevitably at the egg.
Likewise, starting with the egg and following the same process in reverse,
one finishes with the portrait.
- Pablo Picasso

Those who enjoy their own emotionally bad health and
who habitually fill their own minds with the rank poisons of suspicion,
jealousy and hatred, as a rule take umbrage at those
who refuse to do likewise,
and they find a perverted relief in trying to denigrate them.
- Johannes Brahms

We are each other's seventh largest trading partner,
we are the fifth largest investor there and likewise,
we have a lot of exchanges between political leaders,
businessmen, tourists and school children too.
- Sellapan Ramanathan

Prior to the passage of the Patriot Act,
it was very difficult - often impossible -
for us to share information with the Central Intelligence Agency,
with NSA, with the other intelligence agencies,
and likewise, for them to share information with us.
- Robert Mueller

I have accordingly considered it, and now appear not
only in obedience to your order,
but likewise in behalf of the inhabitants of this town,
who have presented another petition,
and out of regard to the liberties of the subject.
- James Otis

It works both ways: there are victims of tragedy who
come to me who have experienced grief of such magnitude
that they cannot reconcile.
Likewise, I cannot change the mentality of those who
committed the crimes or the fools who followed them.
- Paddy Ashdown

But some great records are are being made with today's
technology and there are still great artists among us.
Likewise there are artists today who are so reliant on modern technology,
they wouldn't have emerged when recording was more organic.
- Tony Visconti

But you will understand by yourselves that the matter
applies equally well to the organization of the officials of justice,
of administrative officials, etc; these are likewise
organized instruments of power in certain societies.
- Ferdinand Lassalle

My life has been a bit special, this is true.
I participated in the liberation of my country.
I was one of the organisers of its struggle for liberation.
I likewise actively participated in all the struggles for liberation.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Do not imagine that what we have said of the insufficiency
of our understanding and of its limited extent is an
assertion founded only on the Bible:
for philosophers likewise assert the same,
and perfectly understand it,- without having regard
to any religion or opinion.
- Maimonides

To such idle talk it might further be added:
that whenever a certain exclusive occupation is coupled
with specific shortcomings,
it is likewise almost certainly divorced from certain other shortcomings.
- Carl Friedrich Gauss

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard


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