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March 3rd, 2002


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04:28 pm - Moltronics
Fred Hapgood is really cool. I've been on the NSG mailing list for some time, and he continues to generate fascinating spins on the emerging scenerio worlds of nanotech. He hasn't yet posted the latest entry to his page, so its below. Its of great relevance to my best class this semester




Date: Sun, 3 Mar 2002 15:00:52 -0500 (EST)
From: Fred Hapgood <fhapgood@theworld.com>
Reply-To: nsg@europe.std.com
To: nsg@shell.TheWorld.com
Subject: NSG/ Meeting Announcement

Meeting notice: The 02.March.05 meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Royal
East (782 Main St., Cambridge), a block down from the corner of Main St.
and Mass Ave. If you're new and can't recognize us, ask the manager. He'll
probably know where we are. More details below.


These are great meetings. Really friendly crowd of a mix of ages and disciplines and interests.

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Suggested topic:

It seems clearer and clearer that molecular electronics, or
"moltronics," is going to be the first big hit for NT. "A year
ago," says Charles Lieber, Harvard chemistry professor, "I wasn't
sure that the achievement of a complex integrated nanosystem was
possible. Now I think it is a distinct possibility in the near
future." For more see www.eetimes.com/at/news/OEG20020215S0063,
www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2002-02/aaft-nwo020602.php, and
http://www.smalltimes.com/document_display.cfm?document_id=3169.
(According to their website, (www.smalltimes.com/index.cfm)
Small Times is the only business magazine to focus
exclusively on microsystems and nanotechnologies and their
applications in the automotive, avionics, computer, military,
medical and optical fields.)

This raises the question: is it good or bad for the rest of the
NT enterprise for moletronics to be the society's introduction to
the technology? Are the applications that come out of molecular
electronics going to be reassuringly boring or scary? At first
glance moletronics is good for NT because the products it
envisages -- thin, flexible, displays; ubiquitous computing;
device networking down to a very fine grain -- are hard to get
upset about. On the other hand, you don't have to think for
long to see how moletronics might be involved with sweeping
privacy depredations and security violations. How you do balance
the two groups of possibilities?


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Ask me how to join this list for biweekly ideas. I really enjoyed the couple of meetings I could go to (Cambridge, MA)

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