Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Standing on the Shoulders of ... Nanobots?

My animation work is mentioned in a rather interesting feature regarding nanotechnology and an interview with Jim Von Ehr of Zyvex. I've met Jim on several occasions at the nanotech conferences (very friendly and smart man) and have predicted that Zyvex could very well be one of the key players in the development of either breakthroughs or tools for the breakthroughs in the world of nanotechnology. The feature by Ken Sutherland can found on the front page of Expert Access. If it moves down a page try the direct link here.

8 Comments:

Blogger Suesjoy said...

Your work is remarkable. Amazing stuff!! It's a little scary though. What an interesting article!

I can't wait to show this article to my husband. He'll love it. He's an electrical engineer and he designs smart cameras for industrial material inspection.

We have the book, Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman! I'm going to read it when we get back to San Diego.

Take care Gina!
-Sue xx

3:04 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

Thank you and yes as with any new technology, and one of this magnitude, of course there are concerns. Those in the field are aware of this and some push for or have even developed road maps for policy and guideline making. The vision is universal when it comes to safety mechanisms and societal benefits. We want to use every precaution, we want to develop programs with stops or no direct gates, programs that detect any abnormal activity (automatic stop) to protect the mechanical functions. Functions that could stop disease before it ever spreads to cell number two with in the body, functions that could essentially destructurize the molecules in pollution so that it is not active and repair environmental problems such as the ozone layer. Of course "tinkering" makes people nervous, but we are living in a world that has already been tinkered with, chemically, synthetically, etc. There is not much in our house that is pure raw natural materials. In my bioethics college class practically all of the products cited in our home, work and general environments have been processed in such a way or uses chemicals that cause chemical sensitivity disorders like my teacher had and perhaps many of the diseases that are today rapidly on the increase. This is because we are tinkering at the wrong level, we are tinkering at a level that is too high, too large, with hands that are too big if you will, so it is not direct. Nanotechnology is on the atomic scale so that we could cleanly apply our manufacturing processes, on the level at the scale that nature does. Not only does my vision of the future contain real solutions for the problems that we have created for ourselves already, but also new solutions. I really believe that everything we need to make a better world is all right here, laying before us at our feet!

Ah yes I love Feynman, I am a complete fan! In fact I have a sketch of him that I should put up on my site, thanks for the reminder!

Try the Engines of Creation book by K. Eric Drexler!

11:01 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Here you go, the sketch as promised:

http://www.nanogirl.com/personal/feynman.htm

11:53 PM  
Anonymous Martha said...

Gina, thank you for bringing attention to Zyvex. I think that nanotechnology has a lot of potential too in my biodegradable plastic products project.

I have been so busy lately, that I just now was able to read your post. I just finished this week with the last course requirements to complete the MSE program at UW, so I am graduating early June.

9:45 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

My pleasure! How wonderful Martha, congratulations are in order! I'm so happy for you that all your hard work has brought you this much deserved reward.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Martha, is your blog still going?

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Martha said...

Gina, thank you.
Yes, I am still writing in my blog (I posted something today, and I am writing something more)...I haven't been very active this past month, I was too busy and tired.

11:05 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Great Martha! I understand! I had clicked your link (on your name) on your previous comment and it didn't forward me anywhere (see how it's black instead of blue). Congrats to you!

12:10 AM  

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