[ExI] non-physician heal thyself

Mike Dougherty msd001 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 31 18:10:52 UTC 2017

On Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 9:15 AM, William Flynn Wallace <foozler83 at gmail.com>

> Mike Dougherty wrote:  Right.  I expect our civilization will be very
> different by the time molecular assembly is something we can do at home.
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> I will be very interested to hear what is going to cause big changes in
> our society, in your opinion, and what they will be.  (Or maybe you meant
> that such a change would be very far in our future?).
I was thinking the technology for average joe & jane (aka 'proles') to have
a magical countertop maker that's able to produce any molecules you want by
pushing a button is far off.  Yeah, sure I guess the common feedstock atoms
are available enough - but the safe synthesis of chemicals is beyond what
any UL home appliances are capable of doing.  If we dream of direct
nano-assembly of atoms, we might be able to convince the babysitter that 1
volatile molecule at a time is safe enough - but the existence of tabletop
nano-assembly is effectively a genie lamp.  You want a magic serum to take
away wrinkles on your face? sure, we can make you a whole new face - any
color you want.  Need some collagen in there before applying it, just lean
into the machine while it injects... er... outputs directly into your
face.  You will be able to become just about anything you'd like in terms
of body modification.

the DIY projects you can do when meta-materials are pouring out of the
magical maker device will be limited only by imagination.  Of course, we
generally lack much imagination, so even imagination will likely be
something we're downloading from humanity's mindshare.  But maybe that's
the price we pay for any/all of it?

I guess there could be some scary consequences of putting people/things
into the feed end of the nano-assembler, because it's also a

I'm sure all this has been discussed before.

Yeah, I don't think I can see as far into the future as I think it'll be
before home appliance nano-assembler genie lamps are as ubiquitous as
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