Re[2]: new approach to composite materials

Date: Fri May 28 1999 - 17:41:52 EEST

     I recently read a newspaper report* about research into aligning
     spinach cells to produce a semiconductor substrate that had a much
     quicker response time than doped silicone.
     Talk about planting a seed, they are trying to grow the next
     generation of computer chips... It aint a Buick but it might be in one
     So much for Caesar salads.
     *(I know it's an archaic data format , but I like the bandwidth)
     Larry Blasch
     Systems Administrator for Engineering Services
     OPW Fueling Components
     P.O. Box 405003
     Cincinnati, OH 45240-5003 USA
     Voice: (513) 870-3356
     Fax: (513) 870-3338

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Subject: Re: new approach to composite materials
Author: "Marshall Burns" <> at internet
Date: 5/28/99 3:20 PM

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>I doubt if any of these were composites in the modern sense. If someone
>please send me the seeds, I would like to grow a Buick.
    What an interesting comment, Ed. I don't know if you meant it this way,
but Eric Drexler has been talking about nanotechnology leading to future
"product seeds" that contain the programming for a product and enough
nanoassemblers to build more nanoassemblers that build more nanoassemblers
that eventually become the product. It's exactly how an embryo works, and it's
an exciting vision of the future of fabbers, where the fabber is little more
than a computer program and a few kernel atoms that grow themselves into any
desired product.
    But one question, Ed. If you could do this, why would you grow a Buick?
Best regards,
Marshall Burns
Los Angeles, USA, (310) 824-8700
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