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K. Eric Drexler Quotes

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Any powerful technology can be abused.
- 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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Change of any sort requires courage.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

The fear of death follows from the fear of life.
A man who lives fully, is prepared to die at any time.
- Mark Twain

A mind at peace, a mind centered
and not focused on harming others,
is stronger than any physical force in the universe.
- Wayne Dyer

Choose to See Beauty and Joy:
Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness doesn't depend on any external conditions,
it is governed by our mental attitude.
- Dale Carnegie

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain,
and most fools do.
- Benjamin Franklin

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Your example is far more influential and inspiring
than any words of instruction, or threats,
or even words of encouragement.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I like the silent church before the service begins,
better than any preaching.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal
to reason and is in conflict with morality.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

God's Spirit moves through us and the world
at a pace that can never be constricted
by any one religious paradigm.
I love that.
- Bono

We are not afraid to follow truth
wherever it may lead,
nor to tolerate any error
so long as reason is left free to combat it.
- Thomas Jefferson

If a man loses his reverence for any part of life,
he will lose his reverence for all of life.
- Albert Schweitzer

No individual has any right to come into the world
and go out of it without leaving something behind.
- George Washington Carver

I do not concern myself with gods and spirits
either good or evil, nor do I serve any.
- Lao Tzu

Increase of material comforts,
it may be generally laid down,
does not in any way whatsoever
conduce to moral growth.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The important thing is this: to be able, at any moment,
to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
- Charles Du Bos (1882-1939), from his book Approximations (1922)
(not Charles DuBois or Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

It is any day better to stand erect
with a broken and bandaged head
then to crawl on one's belly,
in order to be able to save one's head.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on.
It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde

I expect to pass through this world but once.
Any good therefore that I can do,
or any kindness that I can show to my fellow-creature,
let me do it now.
Let me not defer or neglect it,
for I shall not pass this way again.
- William Penn

Failure does not exist.
Failure is simply someone else's opinion of how
a certain act should have been completed.
Once you believe that no act must be performed
in any specific other-directed way,
then failing becomes impossible.
- Wayne Dyer

What are the proper grounds for joy?
Is it circumstance which will
determine the stature of my spirit?
Ah, no. It is choice. It is always a choice -
in the face of any event - for joy.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time.
Hatred ceases through love.
This is an unalterable law.
- The Buddha

If it is surely the means to the highest end we know,
can any work be humble or disgusting?
Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder,
the means by which we are translated?
- Henry David Thoreau

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Nurture your mind with great thoughts,
for you will never go any higher than you think.
- Benjamin Disraeli

As long as any adult thinks that he,
like the parents and teachers of old,
can become introspective,
invoking his own youth to understand
the youth before him,
he is lost.
- Margaret Mead

Pessimism never won any battle.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet
as if they were going to be dead by midnight.
Extend to them all the care,
kindness and understanding you can muster,
and do with no thought of any reward.
Your life will never be the same again.
- Og Mandino

Begin to act from your dominion.
Declare the truth by telling yourself
that there is nothing to be afraid of,
that you no longer entertain any images of fear.
- Ernest Holmes

Freedom is never dear at any price.
It is the breath of life.
What would a man not pay for living?
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

You know the only people who are always sure about
the proper way to raise children? Those who've never had any.
- Bill Cosby

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

Any man who reads too much
and uses his own brain too little
falls into lazy habits of thinking.
- Albert Einstein

You can conquer almost any fear
if you will only make up your mind to do so.
For remember, fear doesn't exist
anywhere except in the mind.
- Dale Carnegie

When I examine myself and my methods of thought,
I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy
has meant more to me than
any talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

When you are offended at any man's fault,
turn to yourself and study your own failings.
Then you will forget your anger.
- Epictetus

Habit is habit,
and not to be flung out of the window by any man,
but coaxed down-stairs a step at a time.
- Mark Twain

We should distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

When any situation arises which tempts you to become disturbed,
say: "There is another way of looking at this."
- A Course In Miracles

Any human being who is becoming independent of conditionings,
of religions, scriptures, prophets and messiahs, has arrived home.
He has found the treasure which was hidden in his own being.
- Osho

The dream you are living is your creation.
It is your perception of reality that you can change at any time.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Walking takes longer...
than any other known form of locomotion except crawling.
Thus it stretches time and prolongs life.
Life is already too short to waste on speed.
- Edward Abbey

"Be Prepared."
"Be prepared for what?"
"Why, for any old thing."
- Robert Baden-Powell,
the founder of Scouting.
[as quoted in the Boy Scout Handbook]

Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing external to you has any power over you.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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