Reshared post from +Sally Morem
This interesting essay discusses the possibility of developing a monopoly on nanotechnology, and of the danger of nanotech weaponry. I personally don't believe a monopoly on replicators is possible, especially IF they grow out of 3-D printer technology. No one has a monopoly on that tech.
Once nanobots are included in the tech, it will be so easy to begin replicating the replicators, distributing to family and friends, and telling them how to replicate and distribute. Long before any nation or corporation could even begin to take steps to protect rights to the tech, it will have spread around the world. [Image of horse leaving barn before door is closed]
Nanoweapons are a different thing altogether and need a different discussion.
Leading Countries Race Towards Nanotech | Accelerating Future
Via TNTLog, the “Nanotech Dragon”: This is a scatterplot of current nanotech funding and scientists/engineers per capita in various countries. The US, Japan, and China are clearly in the lead today – …