- Every time a new technology is introduced, there will be some people who react out of fear to that technology. What they don't realize is that once an idea is shared widely, it cannot be destroyed.
That is not to say that caution should not be applied to the development of new technology, especially one as powerful as nanotechnology. However, pretending that ideas do not exist simply because they are frightening is foolish. The idea is out there, whether BJ likes it or not.
History (and before that, myth and legend) are rife with examples of irreversible transitions: Eve and the apple, Pandora's box, the invention of language, the industrial revolution, the splitting of the atom - and Feynman's speech. Once he gave "plenty of room at the bottom", it was already too late for Bill Joy.
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