We are just a few lay people who are interested in Nanotechnology. We come from diverse backgrounds and interests, but we share one thing in commonâ€”a strong belief that Nanotechnology is a powerful movement in science, with the power to shape the world as it is and the potential to impact the future for good.
â€œFor goodâ€ is the important phrase here. We are well aware that Nanotechnology, like other revolutionary technologies in their day, has its own share of naysayers and skeptics who believe that it forebodes nothing but doom and gloom. Anytime you have a scientific process that tweaks the very elements of creationâ€”the H Bomb was one exampleâ€”there is the fear among some that the technology will be used for ill and not good. That issue is addressed by Drexler himself when he discusses â€œEngines of Destruction.â€
However, we believe that history testifies to the essential goodness of the human spirit. People, generally speaking, use technology for the betterment of mankind, and Nanotechnology will be no exception. We will become more productive, the world will become safer, and prosperity will abound to all. That may seem like a Utopian vision to some, but it is well within the reach of Nanotechnology.