Nature: “A proximity-based programmable DNA nanoscale assembly line”

io9 has coverage of Nadrian Seeman’s latest work in nanotechnology: the first nanoscale assembly line! This is big news. If you were at Singularity Summit 2009 back in October and listening very carefully, you might have heard Seeman mention this device seven months in advance of its formal announcement! Now that’s foresight.

The full Nature article describing the device is here.

Comments

  1. It is interesting to compare the reaction of Mike Treder and Chris Phoenix on this who both used to work together at CRN.

    Treder has this utterly abstract view of progress and its pace. The three year old child in the back seat with the are we there yet attitude.
    http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/treder20100514/

    Chris Phoenix notes the three technical things needed to move this the next step forward and has suggestions on two of them.
    http://crnano.typepad.com/crnblog/2010/05/nanorobot-assembly-line-built.html

  2. Carl Shulman

    This post should probably have a link to the SS2009 talk if you’re going to mention it.

  3. Gus K.

    Wow.

    In the broad sense, Drexler predicted this 15 years ago.

  4. Carl, Seeman didn’t allow us to post his video because he didn’t want to release any of this information early. ;) I realized that this was the reason why when I heard him mention it in a self-consciously subtle and quick way during his talk.

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